Orange is the New Black

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Carbohydrates don’t just come in shades of white and tan (i.e. bread, rice, cereal). The best carbs come from vibrant colors like orange! For instance, a 1-cup serving of sweet potato contains 27 g and 10 g of carbs are in a 1-cup serving of orange peppers. Here is why you need to switch from your pasta to a serving of orange vegetables: the orange fruits and vegetables contain four vital vitamins and minerals.

 

Beta-carotene – Associated with a decreased risk for certain diseases, including cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Beta-carotene also plays a role in regulating the growth and reproduction of cells within the body.

 

Vitamin C – Vital for the immune system to function properly and is important in collagen formation.

 

Potassium – Aides in muscle contraction, nerve function and pH regulation and has shown to lower blood pressure

 

Vitamin E – (in veggies only- not orange fruits) May help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease

The amount contained in one cup of each orange vegetable is as follows: butternut squash, 2.6 mg; sweet potato, 1.4 mg; pumpkin, 2 mg; and carrots, 1.6 mg

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