Monday, August 1, 2016

Why We Need to Eat Orange Fruits and Veggies Daily

Healthy Eating

Orange is a vibrant color

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 fruit including carrots, cantaloupe, and tangerines, it means that produce item is healthy and 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. 

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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. 

Healthy Eating Orange and Yellow

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. 

So Many Orange and Yellow Produce Choices

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

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

Do you include at least 2 portions of 2 different kinds of orange or yellow fruit 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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  1. Great summary of orange produce - happy to share with my followers!

    1. Thanks. Have a colorful day and sending wishes for your good health.

  2. I did not know that carrots were good for the heart. I have always heard they were good for the eyes. Thank you for posting.

  3. Great post! So beautifully written. Makes me reflect a bit more.
    ~Adriana from

  4. HI Nancy,
    I love pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, yams, mangoes. I also love oranges and tangerine but can't eat them due to their high acid content. Sharing!

    1. Eating all those veggies and fruits is so healthy. Way to go girl and thanks for sharing.

  5. I'm amazed I do something good for myself and didn't realize why. Thanks for all the good words and encouragement.

    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

    1. Same to you Lita. May you have many tasty dishes in your life too.

  6. I enjoy to eat Oranges, Mandarines, Yellow peppers. I love my fruit and veggies specially avocado, cucumber and tomato. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Jaime for your comments. Sounds like you are a healthy eater. Keep up the good work.

  7. You made me want to go grab a bunch of veggies and fruits! I love how you changed the color of the font to match what you are talking about..lovely blog! xo

    1. Thanks for you comment. So glad you stopped by for a visit. Have a colorful day and be well. Nancy Andres

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    1. Thanks for your support mobileshalom. Have a colorful day and be well.

  9. It's never a hardship for me to eat the fruits and veggies on your list of orange foods. I love to include these nutritious foods in my meal plans. Thank you for sharing Why We Need to Eat Orange Fruits and Veggies Daily with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I'm pinning and sharing.

    1. Thanks Deborah for your continued support and being the host at great blog parties. Naturally, I'm pinning and sharing those that appeal to me. Delighted and honored you selected "Why We Need to Eat Orange Fruits and veggies Daily" as one of the Featured Posts at the Plant Based Potluck #98. Have a great day and be well.

  10. Yummy I try to get as many of these fruits and veggies in the boys' diets as possible. As you know, sometimes that hardly happens but it's all about the effort right? :) Thanks for linking up at #HappinessIsHomemade!

    1. You better believe it. We do our best to prepare and cook nourishing food and set a good example.Thanks for your comments and know you get a gold star for effort.