Eat Bright

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

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Eat the Rainbow: Orange and Yellow

Nutrients

The first nutrient that usually comes to mind with orange foods is beta carotene. More than just a pigment, beta carotene is an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and my have a protective effect against some cancers. Beta carotene is also the precursor for Vitamin A, commonly known as the vitamin for good night vision. Vitamin A is important not only for eye health but is essential for immune strength. Many orange fruits and vegetables are also vitamin C powerhouses. As with vitamin A, vitamin C supports a strong immune system; it also helps rebuild collagen in the skin and protects against cardiovascular disease

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Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lemon
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Tangerines
  • Yellow pears
  • Yellow watermelon

Vegetables

  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yellow peppers
  • Yellow potatoes
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Yellow tomatoes*
  • Yellow winter squash

Recipes

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