Monday, August 1, 2016

Why We Need to Eat Orange Fruits and Veggies Daily

These butterflies remind me of how vibrant and eye-catching the color orange is. When orange appears in the orange/yellow pigment of vegetables and fruits like carrots, cantaloupe, and tangerines, it means that produce item is loaded with beta-carotene (retinol), a precursor of vitamin A. Beta-carotene in itself isn't an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is. The human body is designed to covert the beta carotene in acorn squash, oranges, sweet potatoes, and other orange/yellow produce into vitamin A. 

Vitamin A keeps skin healthy, and supports our immune system. Vitamin A is important for good eye health and vision. Substances in orange pigmented fruits and vegetables also work with calcium and magnesium to maintain bone and joint health. Look below. I've detailed three examples of orange-colored produce and important ways each can improve your health and well-being. 

Eat Orange Veggies and Fruits Daily

Cantaloupe is an excellent source of both vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). It’s a good source of potassium and a host of B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and folate) as well as vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber. If you eat the seeds of the cantaloupe, they provide omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. Cantaloupe has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Many heart-related problems start out with chronic unwanted inflammation and chronic oxidative stress. 

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene. A large study conducted in the Netherlands and reported in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that people who eat at least 25 grams or more of carrots daily (with 25 grams being less than one-quarter of a cup), had significantly lower risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). In the group of participants who ate 50 to 75-grams or more a day, people greatly reduced their risk of CHD. 

Tangerines, also known as mandarin oranges, are a citrus fruit with many nutritious elements, including flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. These components contribute to well-being by helping to stabilize cell DNA in your skin (anti-Cancer), to strengthening bones, safeguarding eyesight, and protecting your heart. Tangerines pack even more vitamin A and iron than oranges, although they contain slightly less vitamin C. 

       See This Delicious List of Orange and Yellow Fruits and Veggies

Mandarin Oranges
Yellow Peppers
Yellow Onions
Yellow Potatoes
Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Yellow Summer Squash
Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Please comment below. Share which orange veggies and fruits you enjoy. 

Do you include at least 2 portions of 2 different kinds of orange or yellow fruits and veggies a day in the food you eat? 

What helps you remember to eat colorful orange and yellow fruits and veggies every day? 

Did you learn something new from my blog? Does it validate and reinforce things that you already have in place in your healthy lifestyle and how or why? 

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