Wellness Tip — Orange, colorful foods boost nutrition
May 8, 2015
Keeping your diet healthy, colorful and full of nutrition is an important decision to make every day. Orange fruits and vegetables consist of beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is important for vision, immunity, bone health and preventing inflammation. Sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash are beta carotene-rich options. Other orange foods like oranges, tangerines, mango and peaches contain bioflavonoids that help prevent cancer and heart attacks. Increase consumption of beta-carotene and bioflavonoids by eating a sweet potato instead of a white potato, adding orange slices to a water bottle have a clementine or peach for a snack or try blending a mango, pineapple or peaches into a smoothie.
Janet Lott, RN, diabetes and wellness coordinator
The Memorial Hospital at Craig