5 Orange Coloured Foods that Boost your Health

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 21, 2017
Quick Bites

  • Most naturally orange foods get their colour from beta-carotene
  • Orange colour foods are nutritionally rich and delicious
  • Avoid overeating these foods to maintain a balanced diet

Natural foods like vegetables and fruits are as colorful as they are healthy. Out of all the colors, orange stands out because of its association with some delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables. Here are some orange colored foods boosting your health that also offer a great taste to satisfy your cravings and hunger. 

Orange

Oranges are good for your skin and heart. One medium orange contains 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 250 milligrams of potassium, 19 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Considering the nutritional break-up of oranges, you should be impressed by the amount of health that most orange coloured fruits offer. An average sized orange meets 130 percent of your daily vitamin C, 2 percent of vitamin A, and 6 percent of calcium needs. Oranges also contain thiamin, choline, zeaxanthin, carotenoids, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium and copper. Because of their high vitamin C content, oranges are associated with boosting immune system.

Carrot

Popularly known as a superfood for eyes, carrots are next on the healthy orange coloured foods list. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. They get their orange colour from the antioxidant beta-carotene which gets converted into vitamin A during digestion. Carrots also contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc. They prove effective against lung cancer, prostate cancer, vision loss and leukaemia. 

Pumpkin

Just like carrots, pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene and some other nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are good for eye health, cancer and fertility. 

Papaya

Papayas are a great source of Vitamin C. A single medium sized papaya provides 224% of the daily vitamin C needs. They are also a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid, fiber, alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K and lycopene. Papayas can help you with several conditions including age related muscular degeneration, diabetes, cancer, skin problems, digestion and bone health. 

Mangoes

While you may find mangoes to be usually of a greenish yellow colour, there are certain varieties that are orange coloured. Mangoes are rich sources of healthy nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, potassium and vitamin C. They can offer several health benefits including a decreased risk for macular degeneration as well as colon cancer, improvement in digestion and bone health and healthy skin and hair. So, eat more of these fruits and vegetables and boost your health.

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