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!!
– sweet potatoes
– butternut squash
– bell peppers
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.
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?