Is it carrots?
I always thought of carrots first! And here’s a fun fact … carrots don’t contain any vitamin A at all! There aren’t ANY plant foods that contain vitamin A.
They contain beta-carotene. Beta-carotene needs to be converted into vitamin A in the body for it to be used, and only a small percentage of beta-carotene can convert to usable vitamin A. If you are one of the 45% of people who have a genetic variation that limits conversion, then you are in double trouble if you’re trying to get your vitamin A from plant foods!
Interestingly, if you’ve got an adipose tissue disorder like lipedema, you’ll want to make sure you are not deficient because adipose tissue is a target tissue for vitamin A – this just means that fat cells cannot function normally if they don’t have enough vitamin A to work with.
Vitamin A in the body is depleted by alcohol, coffee, low protein diets, and (according to Susun Weed, author of New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way) herbal “liver cleanses”.
Vitamin A from supplements is associated with toxicity.
Get your vitamin A from food! The richest ketogenic source by a long shot is liver, then cod liver oil, and butter, and eggs are also a reasonable source.