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    Propose a program to help eliminate vitamin A deficiencies in two places: one is a tiny rural town in Oklahoma; and the other is a small village in Tibet where all the residents are vegetarians. You may not include supplements in your plan.

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    Program in Okalhoma:

    Vitamin A deficiency can be prevented by including foods rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene as a regular component of the diet; liver, meat, eggs, milk, and dairy products are examples. Foods rich in beta-carotene include red peppers, carrots, pumpkins, as well as those just mentioned. Margarine is rich in beta-carotene, because this chemical is used as a coloring agent in margarine production.

    A dietary program is suggested to help assist the town in Oklahoma:

    The 2000 US Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consumption of a variety of foods for a comprehensive nutrient intake.

    Liver, beef, chicken, eggs, whole milk, fortified milk, carrots, ...

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    Vitamin A deficiency can be prevented by including foods rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene as a regular component of the diet; liver, meat, eggs, milk, and dairy products are examples.

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