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By Elizabeth Keyser

The orange fruits and vegetables that come into season this time of year cast a ray of sunshine into dull, brown winter. They brighten both the palate (taste buds) and the palette (array of colors). Oranges, carrots, and winter squash are also diabetes-friendly. They're good sources of fiber and relatively low in carbohydrates. Plus, orange plant foods are rich in carotenoids, like beta-carotene, which may help guard against heart disease, along with certain cancers, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration.

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Li, Chaoyang, Earl S. Ford, Guixiang Zhao, Lina S. Balluz, Wayne H. Giles, and Simin Liu. 2010. Serum alpha-carotene concentrations and risk of death among US adults. Archives of Internal Medicine 171, 6.

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Reviewed by Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN. 05/12.


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