Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Orange…..

Orange you glad I didn’t say orange again?  Do you remember that knock knock joke when you were growing up?  Maybe you just told that joke to your kids but either way this post is not about knock knock jokes but about orange and specifically food that is colored orange.

This post was inspired when my lunch two days in row featured the color orange.  I started looking inside my refrigerator and sure enough orange was everywhere.  I had sweet potatoes, navel oranges, butternut squash, carrots and pumpkin.  All this orange around me so I wondered even more if there were similar health benefits to foods with the color and if this time of the year is when orange-colored foods appeared.

Why Are Foods Orange?

Foods have that orange hue because of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps support healthy skin, hair and vision. Most folks typically fall short when it comes to beta-carotene in their diet, so it’s important to make sure you have some orange on your plate although I am not sure eating as much orange I have been helps or hurts.

My Orange Foods And Their Health Benefits

Pumpkin

  • Pumpkins contain the antioxidant lutein, which help give you healthy skin and eyes.
  • A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision.
  • Great source of fiber which aids in weight loss.
  • a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.

Carrots

  • A high level of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism and help slows down the aging of cells.
  • Regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.
  • According to a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week were less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

Butternut Squash

  • Low in fat with a high dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice.
  • Has significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health.
  • High in Vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.
  • Folate helps guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects such as spina bifida.

Sweet Potatoes

  • High in Vitamin B6 and a good source of Vitamin C.
  • Contain iron which can be a mineral that vegetarians do not get enough of.  Iron is important because of it ability to create red and white blood cells which aid in resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning.
  • They are a good source of potassium which is one of the important electrolytes we need for regulating heartbeat and our nervous system.

Navel Oranges

  • High potassium content which helps maintain the balance of electrolytes in our cells.
  • Its magnesium content helps keep blood pressure at an acceptable level.
  • High in Vitamin B6 which boosts production of hemoglobin in the bloodstream.
  • Great source of calcium which promotes strong, healthy bones.

Recent Meals Featuring Orange Foods

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Which Orange Foods Do You Incorporate Into Your Diet?

 

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  1. Kate says:

    I love sweet potatoes and eat a lot of homemade sweet potato chips. I just made acorn squash, another orange, for the first time, and I like oranges too.
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    • CTER says:

      Yes, sweet potatoes are always in the rotation. Love acorn squash, actually love any kind of gourd. They come out so creamy when you bake or grill them.

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