The Benefits of Deep Orange Vegetables

The Benefits of Deep Orange Vegetables

The Benefits of Deep Orange Vegetables

Fall is such a wonderful time of year with beautiful colors, crisp air and of course, delicious fall produce. Though, many of these fresh vegetables are often unappreciated, even though they are incredibly nutritious. They are especially great for warm, hearty fall meals. Best of all, they come in many different varieties, have many uses and contain a variety of nutritional benefits.

These orange, fall vegetables include carrots, squash of all kinds, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Though, some squash varieties do not appear to be deep orange on the outside, it’s the deep, orange flesh that holds all the benefits and nutrition. To top it off, these vegetables happen to especially rich in health-boosting vitamin C and beta carotene, which converts into vitamin A in the body. Below are some of the benefits of deep orange vegetables.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays an important role in overall health, here are some of it’s benefits:

  • Promotes the production of collagen, the most abundant protein in mammals.
  • It keeps blood vessels and capillaries firm.
  • Promotes the absorption of iron and folate from plant-based foods (crucial for vegetarians).
  • Improves mouth and gum health.
  • Promotes faster healing.
  • Boosts immunity and protects against infection.
  • Along with beta carotene, vitamin C’s most important role is it’s ability to act as an antioxidant in the body to fight harmful free radicals.

Consuming Deep orange vegetables regularly is an excellent way to boost levels of antioxidants and vital nutrients. Vitamin C deficiencies can lead to a number of health ailments including scurvy.

Beta carotene/vitamin A

Fall is abundant in beta carotene (carotenoids) rich foods. Carotenoids are the plant pigments that give red, orange and yellow vegetables their beautiful color.

Once consumed, beta carotene is then converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential part of a well-balanced diet and is needed for healthy skin, eyes, and tissue linings. These deep orange vegetables also contain an impressive amount of dietary fiber, which is needed for overall digestion health and related issues. Fiber-rich foods also help the body feel full and satisfied after a meal, which is beneficial for weight loss, as it can prevent overeating and cravings.

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