September 2011 | Newsletter archives
The importance of orange
By Samantha Grant, CN
Orange vegetables contains beta-carotene, or vitamin A, important to keep your eyes, skin and mucous membranes healthy. It’s also important to keep your immune system strong. Think carrots. They’re low in calories, high in fiber and even higher in carotene which is, coincidentally, the Latin word for carrots. Sweet potatoes also have vitamin C and potassium. Make sure to cook them with their skins in order to retain nutrients.
As we head into fall, pumpkin is in great supply as is its supply of selenium, magnesium and folate. It can be used like a squash or in pie.
Orange fruits contain vitamin A along with vitamin C and other important nutrients. The most obvious is, of course, oranges. One medium orange provides nearly 120 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Other orange fruits include cantaloupe and papaya.
Cantaloupe, interestingly, is a relative of squash. It’s rich in beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C. One cup is only 57 calories and contains no fat.
Papaya is best when it’s at its most ripe. One half contains vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium; also high in fiber.
This fall, as in all seasons, be sure to consume three or more servings of fruit each day and four or more servings of vegetables.