If you're a sucker for all things healthy and orange, you're probably already doing your body a huge favour. If you're not, it's time to start eating more of these golden-toned veggies and fruits.
Carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, a pigment that gives orange food its orange colouring. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A when it enters the bloodstream, and helps protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boost the immune system and protect the eyes.
"To ensure absorption of vitamin A, eat your orange vegetables with a small amount of healthy unrefined fat like organic butter or unrefined olive or coconut oil," says Tricia Sedgwick, a registered holistic nutritionist of The World In A Garden based in Vancouver.
Of course, not all orange is healthy — one of the unhealthiest processed foods just happens to be orange as well. "Orange processed cheese with additives, artificial dyes and flavours is one to avoid. A cow's milk is white and the cheese that we make of it should be too," Sedgwick says.
Drinking too much orange and carrot juice can also spike blood sugar levels, she adds. Juicing fruits and vegetables often remove fibres that are used to slow down the absorption of sugars in your bloodstream. And eating too much orange can also make you, well, orange. Carotenemia, a clinical condition, causes a yellow pigmentation in the skin from increased beta-carotene levels in the blood — you usually see this happen with children.
If you're new to orange, there are some easy ways to sneak it into the routine you already have. Try adding cooked up squash to your salad, eating carrots with chips and dip or replacing white potatoes with sweet ones.
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