10 Reasons to Eat Orange and Yellow Fruits and Veggies

We love fruits and veggies of all hues, but in this post, we’re focusing on what orange and yellow fruits and vegetables do for your body.

Packed with nutrients

These bright-colored fruits and vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is vitamin A.

The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones:

  1. Aids in eye health and reduces the risk of macular degeneration of the eye
  2. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol)
  5. Promotes healthy joints
  6. Promotes collagen formation
  7. Fights harmful free radicals in the body
  8. Encourages pH balance of the body
  9. Boosts immune system
  10. Builds healthier bones by working with calcium and magnesium

Try these

There are so many orange and yellow fruits, such as:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Ugli fruit
  • Pummelos
  • Bananas
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines
  • Persimmons
  • Mangos
  • Peaches
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Starfruit

Just to name a few. Also, we can’t forget about veggies:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut, acorn and summer squash
  • Corn
  • Orange and yellow peppers, and
  • Yellow beets

Don’t forget about herbs like ginger that also share this color. So as you can see, there is no shortage in the array of fruits and vegetables we can choose with these sunshine hues.

Do you have any favorite recipes that include these foods? I love recipe swapping, so here are a few from me to you.

  1. Lemony Chickpea Bruschetta
  2. Beet Salad with Tangerines
  3. Gingery Sweet Potato Soup
  4. Roasted Squash Soup with Maple Glazed Bananas
  5. Root Vegetable Gratin
  6. Pumpkin Lasagne
  7. Stuffed Yellow Peppers with Spicy Swiss Chard
  8. Yogurt and Apricot Pie
  9. White Chocolate Citrus Parfait
  10. Carmelized Banana Tart

Don’t forget portion control, especially with these dessert recipes. Have you eaten a rainbow of colors today? Share them here.

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Photo credit:  Brenda Anderson

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  1. As a Childbirth Educator teaching The Bradley® Method of Natural Childbirth, I help my students follow The Brewer Pregnancy Diet to prevent common pregnancy complications related to poor diet. One of the requirements is that they eat at least five servings of yellow fruits and/or vegetables/week. Your article with recipes is a great resource! I just forwarded the link to all my students as a reminder and for some added inspiration. Thank you!

  2. I love eating the orange and yellow fruits and veggies as I tired of the green veggies as they are strong on my stomach. I eat simple usually with nothing on the veggies with chicken or fish. I never buy juice and haven’t for 45 years, the fresh fruit is the best.
    Thank you.

  3. I love the yellow and orange fruits and veggies. Haven’t bought fruit juice in 45 years and I put nothing on the veggies. I eat simple.

  4. Consuming the orange and other fruits, vegetables will surely give the best results and above mention health benefits to the human life. Same time, stay away from the unhealthy food items and processed food items. It may restrict the growth of the body health.

  5. A very good list. I found it very helpful. This week I made curry with butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Also I had spaghetti squash with soy chorizo spaghetti sauce. Lots of color. I was glad to have found on overview of the benefits of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables.

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