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Found Beta carotene 4 times.

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1. Algae
This is a large group of diverse unicellular and multicellular aquatic plants; they grow in both fresh water and seawater and are used commercially as a source of thickeners ( agar , agarose , algin , carrageenan ) and pigments such as beta carotene . Some countries harvest them as food; Spirulina is produced by Israel and Mexico, and the Japanese consume some species of Chlorella. Some species of algae are important commercial pests because they clog pipes and foul pools and reservoirs.

2. Beta carotene
A carotenoid pigment that gives a reddish color to plants such as carrots and tomatoes. It is often used as a vitamin supplement because the body can convert it into Vitamin A .

3. Carotenoid
One of a group of red, orange, purple or yellow pigments typically found as accessory pigment s in plants and some fungi . They are fat-soluble and are called lipochromes when they are found concentrated in animal fat. Carotenoids are widely used as food colorings, and one pigment, beta carotene , is used as a source of Vitamin A. Compare anthocyanin

4. Carotenoids
Major group of accessory pigments in plants; includes beta carotene.