Foodfacts.com has learned that, although we hear a lot about the benefits of greens, there are lots of vitamins and minerals that are essential to our health that come in fruits and veggies of other colors. Orange fruits and vegetables are some of the most important ones when it comes to health. Adding these delicious and lively colored little nutrient dense substances to our diets can go a long way to protecting our bodies from ill health and disease.
Orange vegetables contain beta-carotene, which is a powerful free radical blaster. Beta-carotene is a form of vitamin A that has been associated with eyesight enhancing and cancer reducing properties. Orange fruits on the other hand are chalked full of vitamin C and essential vitamin for immune system support. To find out the best orange fruits and veggies to add to your diet and why you should eat more of them, keep reading.
The healthiest orange vegetables include squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkins. All of these are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, but they also have some more specific health benefits.
The sweet potato is a well known ulcer fighting vegetable. It can also help to reduce inflammation in the colon. These little miracles also have been found to help prevent cancer due to their levels of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also reduce the effects of free radical damage by helping to remove damaged cells. These traditional potato substitutes are especially great for people with Diabetes as they can help stabilize blood sugar levels rather than contributing to a spike.
Pumpkins and Squashes are also know to reduce the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer. The squash family is also responsible for lowering the risk of heart disease. Pumpkins have themselves been found to be useful for urinary tract support and proper kidney function.
Carrots are not only great for your eyesight, but also help to lower cholesterol levels. Lightly cooked carrots are actually best as this helps make the beta carotene more available than eating them raw.
When it comes to fruits, mangoes, oranges and papayas will help keep your health at optimum levels. Mangoes are actually high in iron, a fact which few people realize. Mangoes can therefore help fight anemia and iron deficiencies as well as to help reduce fever and respiratory ailments.
Oranges are of course not only rich in antioxidants but they have also been shown to help with a variety of illness and conditions. They can help to fight bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. They are helpful for arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney stones.
Finally, the noble papaya. Papayas are terrific for gastrointestinal issues, as they are rich in digestive enzymes. Papaya enzymes help the body to digest hard to digest materials such as red meat and the like. This miracle fruit has also been used successfully to prevent nausea.
So while you’re thinking about your greens, think too about adding a little color to your plate. Orange fruits and vegetables have a wealth of health benefits to offer and they taste great too.
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