Healthy Reasons to Eat a Rainbow of Colorful Fruits and Vegetables (2)

Orange/Yellow fruit and vegetables are usually colored by natural plant pigments called “carotenoies” Beta-carotene in sweet patatoes, pumpkins and carrots is converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Scientist have also reported that carotenoid-rich foods can help refuce rick of cancer, heart desease and can improve immune system function.

One study found that people who ate a diet high in carotenoid-rich vegetables were 43 percent less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, and eye disorder common among the elderly, which can lead to blindness.

Carotenoids also may b e good for your heart. One study found that men with high cholesterol who ate plenty of vegetalbe high in carotenoids had a 36percent lower chance of heart attack and death than their counterparts who shunned vegetables.

Citrus fruits like oranges are not a good source of vitamin A. They are an excellent source of vitaminC and FOLATE,  a B vitamin that helps reduce risk of birth defects.

Some examples of the orange/yellow group include:

Yellow apples         Peaches

Apricots                  Pears

Butternut squash     Yellow peppers

Cantaloupe              Persimmons

Grapefruit                  Pumpkin

Lemons                      Rutabagas

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