Colours in Food – Part 4 – Opting for Orange


Fourth in the series of colours in food, the lively orange represents strength at the very best. A colour that marries the energy of red with the cheerfulness of yellow is sure to be a potent one. This hue in your palate will similarly invoke the strength and heal your body with its rich health benefiting rewards.

Beta-carotene is the pigment that gives orange foods its colouring. The abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, fibre and phytonutrients in it helps support healthy hair, skin and vision. They are also chock full of Vitamin C and help rebuild collagen of the skin apart from boosting the immune system.

However, one of the unhealthiest processed foods can happen to be orange as well, so don’t get tricked into opting for these. Orange processed cheese with additives and dyes is one to be avoided. Look at options like carrots, one of nature’s original superfoods which are nutritional powerhouses in themselves.

Get your fill of cantaloupes, mangoes, pumpkin, papayas, squash, sweet potatoes and kumquat to reap great benefits out of orange foods. Add on pumpkin to pies, soups, baked goods and winter squash into casseroles. Beet salad with tangerines could also a great idea.

A new twist can be given to Shepherd’s Pie by adding mashed pumpkins to it.  A Pumpkin Rice Pudding, Apricot Oat Bars and Mango Salsa are other options that should inspire you! So enhance bright and energizing moods capitalizing on the aura of orange that enlivens dishes and brings out joy all at once!

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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