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Nutrition by Color (Slideshow)

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2. Orange & Yellow

What: Carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, mango, oranges, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, papaya, bananas, corn, summer squash, lemon, grapefruit.

You can thank beta-carotene for that vibrant orange hue found in carrots, sweet potatoes and the like. The body converts beta-carotine into vitamin A, which helps your eyes, your bones and your immune system stay in tip-top shape. Citrus fruits, like oranges and lemons, are full of vitamin C, of course, but they’re also rich in bioflavonoids, and the two work together to help your bones, skin and teeth, and reduce your risks of cancer and heart disease.

Related: 15 Healthy Whole Grain Breakfasts

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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7:59PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Excellent information! Thanks!

9:00AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Very informative

8:30PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank You! :)

6:14PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thanks for the good and useful slide show.

10:46AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

sometimes I forget to add a variety of colors to my diet... thanks for the reminder :)

8:36AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing

5:25PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Cool collage

6:51PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

While, I can't claim to be a vegetarian, I must admit that since I have made a gallant effort to eat less meat, more fish and chicken, and, loads of vegetables and fruit, I have been losing weight, a little at a time.

5:43PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thanks

2:36PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

The more colors, more health.

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