Building a Better Banana
Boosting banana carotenoid levels could reduce vision loss – particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia
- Each year, between 250,000 and 500,000 children go permanently blind in Africa and Southeast Asia because of vitamin A deficiency – and worse, half die within a year of losing their sight.
- “Golden Bananas” could offer a solution (1).
- Bananas are a dietary staple in these regions, and boosting their vitamin A content (or that of precursors, like carotenoids, that are metabolized in the liver to form vitamin A) would yield a big public health benefit.
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