14 Shades of Orange

Okay, orange just happens to be my favorite color, but it is also one of the most important colors to have in your daily diet. There are countless nutritionally potent orange fruits and vegetables out there. As a quick run-down I have provided 14 that will brighten up your kitchen and stimulate your health. In addition to being awesome, for the most part, all of these fruits and vegetables are actually allergen-free! 

Photo credit: EverydayHealth.com

Photo credit: EverydayHealth.com

PUMPKIN

Squashes in general are spectacular at almost everything, especially being allergen-free! They are known for warding off cancer, reducing the risk of heart disease and combating type-2 diabetes. Pumpkins are one of the most visual representatives of this clan and rightfully so. Versatility alone they provide us with oil, seeds, vegetables, purée to a canvas for festive art. They also aid with maintaining healthy kidneys and staving off urinary tract infection. And do not forget the fact that they are loaded with fiber and beta-carotene!

 

ORANGE, TANGELO, KUMQUAT, GRAPEFRUIT, TANGERINE

Be it orange, tangelo, grapefruit, tangerine, kumquat or any other member of the amazing orange-hued citrus clan, one thing remains the same, they are nutritional powerhouses. Due to the high levels of  vitamins and antioxidants, they have been linked to aiding with asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, kidney stones, high blood pressure, arthritis and even diabetes. Talk about holistic vibrancy!

 

SWEET POTATO

Few things are better than a generous helping of sweet potato fries. They'll taste even better when you find out that they are known to staunch stomach ulcers and reduce inflammation of the colon. Sweet potatoes have large amounts of Vitamin A as well which plays a significant role in preventing cancer by removing free radicals in the bloodstream. They also reduce blood-sugar levels! 

 

CARROT

Yeah, we all know that carrots are amazing for eyesight. Do you know why? It is because they have some of highest levels of beta-carotene in the plant kingdom.  Carrots also reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. They  help prevent macular degeneration and help control insulin levels. One truly interesting fact is that when you cook a food it usually reduces the nutritional potency. Yet, lightly cooking carrots actually helps to release the beta-carotenes!

 

PAPAYA

Papaya, what a fun word to say! Having difficulty getting rid of that mistake you had for breakfast, that bacon? Papaya contains digestive enzymes, which help break down more difficult foods in our stomach.  Papayas also have lots of  fiber, which boosts metabolism. Papaya has also been known for its ability to lessen nausea. Shouldn't aeroplanes and theme parks start selling them then?

 

MANGO

Mangoes have lots of that all-to-rare resource iron. They are able to fight against anemia and help kidney function. They clear up your fevers and mitigate respiratory problems. Fancy the skin your'e in? Look no farther, mangoes actually help relieve clogged pores!

 

PERSIMMON

Offering 55% of the daily value of Vitamin A persimmon hardly requires an introduction. Not only is the Vitamin A so prominent, but Vitamin C runs a close second with 21%. Persimmons are known for maintaining healthy mucous membranes and skin, also benefiting the consumer as a guard against both lung and mouth cancer. 

 

APRICOT

Apricots, you can almost just hear the word appreciate beginning to form as you say it. They are heavily laden with plant antioxidants, many are even difficult to obtain from other foods. The apricot is also responsible for reducing inflammation and perfecting our eyesight via beta-carotene and xanthophylls. 

ORANGE PEPPER

Okay so they may not have as much capsaicin as their cousins do like Bhut Jalokia and Jalapeno. They still have it though, and do not forget that!  In all actuality it is the nutrient and phytonutrient content of bell peppers that is impressive. Avoiding fat? Orange peppers have a very, very low-fat content. 

 

LOQUAT

Dangling from the trees here in Los Angeles and we are left to suffer as poor Sisyphus did so long ago. If you get a tall enough ladder you can actually reach them though! They are rich in the insoluble dietary fiber, pectin. This fiber retains moisture in the colon, and thus doubles as an efficient laxative. It does so by helping the colon mucous membrane decrease exposure time to toxic substances and at the same stroke it binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Wow!