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IUPAC name (2E,4E,6E,8E,10E,12E,14E,16E)-2,6,11,15-tetramethyl-17-(2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexenyl)heptadeca-2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16-octaenal
Other names trans-beta-apo-8'-carotenal
C.I. Food Orange 6
E number 160E
CAS number 1107-26-2
PubChem 5478003
Molecular formula C30H40O
Molar mass 416.638
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

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Apocarotenal, or trans-beta-apo-8'-carotenal, is a carotenoid found in spinach and citrus fruits. Like other carotenoids, apocarotenal plays a role as a precursor of vitamin A, even though it has 50% less pro-vitamin A activity than beta-carotene. The empirical chemical formula for apocarotenal is C30H40O.

Apocarotenal has an orange to orange-red colour and is used in foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. Depending on the product forms, apocarotenal is used in fat based food (margarine, sauces, salad dressing), beverages, dairy products and sweets. Its E number is 160E.


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