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Killer Carrots

1974: Yellow, orange and red vegetables and fruit are important sources of carotenes, which the human body converts into vitamin A. Carrots (no big surprise) are particularly rich in carotenes.

Basil Brown, a scientific adviser, was so convinced of the vitamin’s benefits – for good vision, healthy skin and a strong immune system – that he drank several litres of carrot juice each day. His excessive consumption eventually killed him.

The inquest into Brown’s death, held at Croydon, in Surrey, heard that his doctor had warned him about his addiction. Brown was “an intelligent man”, but had a “very low opinion of doctors”, and ignored the advice. The pathologist reported that the dead man’s body was bright yellow.

Source: The Times, 15 February 1974, 28 February 1974

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