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  • n. A di-hydroxy, keto carotenoid, which, together with capsorubin, constitutes the red pigment of paprika.


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  • You can also check product ingredient lists for beet, carotenes, annatto, capsanthin (a paprika extract) -- as all are natural colorants.

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  • These pigments absorb blue and green wavelengths and are responsible for most of the yellow and orange colors in fruits and vegetables (beta-carotene, xanthophylls, zeaxanthin), as well as the red of tomatoes, watermelons, and chillis (lycopene, capsanthin, and capsorubin; most red colors in plants are caused by anthocyanins).

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  • In red varieties, both lutein and the green aroma disappear during ripening along with chlorophyll, and other carotenoid pigments accumulate, the main ones being capsanthin, capsorubin, as well as beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A.

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  • The reason, La Puma said, is that the oil makes several nutrients - the lutein in the green peppers, the capsanthin in the red peppers, the lycopene in the tomatoes, even the limonene in the lemon - more body ready for you.



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