Carotenes are a highly coloured group of fat soluble plant pigments. Carotenoids are found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Due to their antioxidant effects; these compounds play a crucial role in protecting organisms during photosynthesis. Over 600 carotenes have been identified, around 50 are believed to have Vitamin A, and all have antioxidant activity. Carotenes that the body converts to Vitamin A are referred to as provitamin A. The primary benefit of carotenoids lies in their antioxidant activity, protecting cells in the body from damage by unstable oxygen molecules. Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, mangos and apricots.