Their vibrant blood-orange pigment offers a hint about why these vegetables are so beneficial to the heart. They contain loads of fiber, vitamin A, lycopene and beta carotene, which accounts for their rich, warm color. These nutrients eachhave antioxidant properties, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals floating in the bloodstream. Free radicals form in the body in different ways, such as exposure to cancer-causing substances.
Work it in: To enhance the sweet flavor of this orange potato, forgo the butter and brown sugar and opt instead for a sprinkling of cinnamon and lime juice.