the benefit of orange food

Food glorious food! Here is part 2 of the series on eating a rainbow diet where we explore each color in the food we eat and the benefits of each.

Thanks to the huge amount of nutrients associated with orange-colored fruits and vegetables, consuming orange foods can help your overall health. The abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and phytonutrients in orange foods are good for your skin, eyes and heart, and they may also decrease your risk of cancer.

Orange food: Mother nature offers these wonderful gifts – Curcumin, Beta-Cryptographic, Alpha-Carotene, Hesperidin and Naringenin

The body converts alpha- and beta-carotenes into vitamin A. One of the vital ways that vitamin A benefits the body is by maintaining the linings of the organs (e.g. eyes, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and intestinal tract). When these tissues are healthy, bacteria have difficulty growing and viruses are prevented from attacking and making us sick.

Diets rich in alpha- and beta-carotenes have been linked with lower risks of certain cancers and a lower risk of heart disease. These antioxidants are also key players in the health of the immune system, eyes, skin and bones. Moreover, they may help slow the aging process, therefore slowing or stopping the development of age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. {source: the diet channel}

Curcumin:
Good Source: turmeric
Benefits: An added perk to take-out curry: The antioxidant properties of curcumin may help counter the body’s negative responses to high-fat foods.

Beta-Cryptographic:
Good Sources: Papaya, tangerines
Benefits: This carotenoid plays an important role in vision and in bone and cell growth.

Alpha-Carotene:
Good Sources: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cantaloupe
Benefits: This mighty antiager, which converts to vitamin A in the body, bolsters immunity.

Hesperidin and Naringenin:
Good Sources: Citrus
Benefits: The powerful flavonoids stave off inflammation and blood vessel damage caused by poor diets.

oranges the benefit of orange food

Orange foods to eat

  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet Potato and winter squash

 

eat a rainbow

By including all the colors of the rainbow from fruits and vegetables, you are ensuring that your body is receiving all the nutrients and color energy it needs to stay healthy and balanced.

Like everything in life, balance and variation bring us everything we need. Our mission here on ‘Create your Color Story’ is to explore the benefits of including each of the colors in our diet and share recipes to help us all enjoy eating a rainbow on a daily basis. Think about your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates. How many colors are represented?

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