When we say that Orange is the New Green we aren’t talking about your neighbors likelihood to be running the local traffic lights.
We all know that adding vegetables (green) to your meal planning is good for you. Did you know that adding orange may even be better for you? What are some examples of the “orange” that you can add to your diet?
Sometimes your local grocery stores can begin to look bleak in winter, but there’s nothing drab about navel oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash. There is a lot you can do with these nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
There is a lot that researchers are still discovering about the compounds in orange fruits and vegetables. The overall color pigments reflect the presence of beta-carotene, and not surprisingly, all of these fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A. They are very good to excellent sources of vitamins C and K, as well as very good sources of potassium and manganese. They are also an excellent sources of other phytonutrients that show some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, like lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. And those are just the ones we are familiar with; there are plenty of others that are still under study in these delicious orange color food sources.
You may have noticed that colorful cauliflowers have been available for several years, they have been a big hit with foodies. The orange cauliflower has higher than normal levels of beta carotene, a form of vitamin A that encourages healthy skin.
The purple color comes from anthocyanin, which may help prevent heart disease by slowing blood clotting. Tests of the orange cauliflowers found that they contained 25 times the concentrations of beta carotene in normal cauliflowers.
A recent study at the Wageningen University Division of Human Nutrition in the Netherlands named Fruit and Vegetables of Different Colors and 10 Year Incident of Coronary Heart Disease studied whether the color of fruit and vegetables, reflecting the presence of pigmented bioactive compounds, may be responsible for the protective association from Coronary Heart Disease.
Their conclusion was that a high intake of all four color groups — green, orange, red and white — and especially red and orange fruits and vegetables may be protective against cardiovascular disease.
Here at Sunburst Oranges we have published several blogs that are related to the healthy aspects of adding more Oranges and Orange juice to your diet. Many current scientific studies are confirming the benefits of this practice.
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