What’s in yellow foods and orange foods?
You’ve probably heard of beta-carotene, which is a primary nutrient responsible for the bright orange and yellow colours in foods. A related nutrient is alpha-carotene. Both alpha- and beta-carotenes provide health benefits in their own right. In addition, the body converts them into vitamin A. One of the vital ways that vitamin A benefits the body is by maintaining the linings of the organs (e.g. eyes, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and intestinal tract). When these tissues are healthy, bacteria have difficulty growing and viruses are prevented from attacking and making us sick.
Diets rich in alpha- and beta-carotenes have been linked with lower risks of certain cancers and heart disease. These antioxidants are also key players in the health of the immune system, eyes, skin and bones. Moreover, they may help slow the aging process, therefore slowing or stopping the development of age-related diseases like dementia and Alzeimers.
Yellow and orange foods to eat
- Butternut squash
- Yellow peppers
- Yellow summer squash
- Yellow wax beans