“Y” is for Yellow Vegetables and Fruits

If “W” is for Whey and “X” is for you to decide then:

“Y” is for yellow vegetables and fruit.

                       What do yellow vegetables and fruits have different in ingredients and health benefits than other colored vegetables and fruits?

yellow fruits and vegetables

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables get their color from the fat-soluble plant pigments known as carotenoids. The most common carotenoids essential to human health include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene.

Carotenoids??????

What can high-carotenoid foods do for you?

  • Protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Provide a source of vitamin A
  • Enhance the functioning of your immune system
  • Help your reproductive system function properly

Note:  If you smoke or drink alcohol on a regular basis, you should increase your consumption of yellow vegetables and fruits.

What happens if you get too many carotenoids?

  • The result of too much consumption of beta-carotene is a yellowish discoloration of the skin, most often occurring in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. This condition is called carotenodermia, and is reversible and harmless. Excessive consumption of lycopene can cause a deep orange discoloration of the skin. Like carotenodermia, lycopenodermia is harmless.  For example, if you drink an excessive amount of carrot juice, your skin may develop an orange color.

More information:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=116

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carotenoid

http://www.livestrong.com/article/346209-nutrient-found-in-yellow-orange-fruits-vegetables/

Gary

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I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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