If it’s orange, think Vitamin A

Here’s an easy rule of thumb that I use when thinking about nutrients in foods: If the food is naturally yellow or deep orange colored, it most likely contains abundous (yes I just used that word that’s not a word but seems like a word again) amounts of Vitamin A!!

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orange colored foods most likely are rich in vitamin A!

Examples:

– sweet potatoes
– carrots
– pumpkin
– butternut squash
– cantaloupe
– bell peppers
– mangos

And any food that contains these orange foods will be a rich source of vitamin A. Sweet potato pie? Carrot cake? Mango sorbet? Yes, yes, and yes. Full of it.

Carrot cake is made from lots of carrots. Carrots have lots of vitamin A. Winning!!
Carrot cake is made from lots of carrots. Carrots have lots of vitamin A. Winning!!

We need Vitamin A for healthy vision, as well as healthy immune, and reproductive systems. Other great sources of vitamin A (that are not the brilliant orange color) are liver (because vitamin A is stored in the liver of animals) and greens such as kale, collards, and romaine lettuce.

Most of the time, the natural colors of foods can be a good indicator of what nutrients are abundant. So the lesson for today is..if it’s orange, think Vitamin A! Oh and one more thing: Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it’s best absorbed when eaten with some fat. So enjoy your vitamin A food-vehicles with some butter, nuts, oils, etc.

What’s your favorite source of Vitamin A?

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