Orange Ya Glad | 5 Orange Foods

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Orange is such a bright, happy color. It’s no wonder that orange foods are so good for our bodies. Orange foods contain beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Thankfully, orange foods are easy to find and easy to incorporate into a diet. There’s nothing quite like fresh orange juice in the morning or cool cantaloupe on a hot summer’s day.

  • Orange – Whether you use fresh orange to juice jump start the morning or to fight off a cold, oranges are best known as a great source of vitamin c. Just one orange contains 116.2% of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals and inflammation. Free radicals can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
  • Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is delicious raw and is great in fruit salad or on its own. It contains folate, carotenoids, vitamin C, and potassium.
  • Butternut Squash – This squash can be used in soups, pasta, bean, and rice dishes. It provides vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Butternut squash also contains calcium, magnesium and potassium.
  • Sweet Potato – Roasted or steamed these sweet potatoes are delicious. With the right seasoning it can taste like dessert. As with the other orange foods sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. They possess fiber, vitamin B, copper, manganese and iron.
  • Carrot – Carrots can be eaten raw, in soups, steamed, in stir fry, and salads. They’re an easy addition as a snack.  Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (hence the name). They also boast high levels of vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium.
These are just a few of the many delicious orange foods out there to enjoy. What are your favorites?
Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beta-carotene
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/winter-squash-recipes-and-tips
http://www.livestrong.com/article/414791-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-cantaloupe/
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
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http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c?page=3

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