Beta Cryptoxanthin Food Sources

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What is Beta Cryptoxanthin?

It is a red, crystalline carotenoid alcohol found in plants such as corn and papaya, as well as in blood serum, some animal products such as eggs and butter, and it is a precursor of the A-Vitamin.

It may prevent free radical damage to cells and DNA. It may also assist in healing oxidative damage to DNA.

It may also work as a preventative to some types of cancer.

Best Sources of Beta Cryptoxanthin

Be sure to follow the links above which contain more foods that are rich sources. At the top of the list resides pumpkin in its cooked state, without added salt. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains an impressive 3553  g.

Other stellar food choices include papayas in their raw state, mandarin oranges - either raw or canned, RED sweet peppers, orange juice and carrots.

Note that all of the foods have one common strand that sticks out. They are all foods which are very vivid in color. But they have other similarities as well. They are all typical suggestions for healthy weight loss and dieting plans.

And they also are natural food sources. The foods listed in our data chart below have experienced minimal processing; some choices remain in their natural states.

Best Sources for Beta Cryptoxanthin

Look to the foods that are rich and vibrant in colors. When it comes to Fruit Group choices, watermelon - both red and orange, yellow peaches, oranges and even fruit cocktail make excellent choices.

As to vegetables, yellow sweet corn OR yellow field corn are good food sources to add to your healthy meal plate - whether you're wanting to reap improved state of health, or when trying to lose unwanted weight via dieting.

Tips for Adding Beta Cryptoxanthin to Your Daily Diet

Foods rich in this nutritional element may assist in repairing damage to the body cells - including fighting against certain diseases such as cancer.

It's easy to add rich sources to your daily diet and when doing such, you'll not only be working towards a healthier body - you'll be adding tons of colorful foods to your meal plates.

Start with a salad consisting of tender dandelion greens. Or, if you prefer, cook the greens.

When enjoyed in salad form, add your favorite lean protein. One of my favorite choices is the humble chickpea - at times called the garbanzo bean. Be sure to thoroughly drain. I enjoy mine drained - straight from the can. A one-half cup serving contains only 110 calories.

You can also add other drained beans - such as black beans. These generally require rinsing before adding to salads, and they will need be dry after the rinse so that they don't contribute to a wilted salad.

Next, add a few dried pieces of fruit along with your favorite hulled nuts or seeds. For the dressing, reach for a fruit based, lower calorie version and either serve it on the side or drizzle it lightly onto the greens.

Adding cherry tomatoes or wedges of tomato will also increase the nutritional values of the salad.

10 Condiments Richest in Beta Cryptoxanthin

Weight Loss & Dieting Tips for Beta Cryptoxanthin Rich Foods

Sweet pickle relish is a good source at 44 g's for a one Tablespoon size serving - but oh wow, can this stuff be high in sodium content!

Recently, my husband and I purchased some franks on sale at the market. These were the all-beef, lower calorie type franks although they were still significant in sodium content.

My husband likes his in a fresh bun with two lines on top - one red and one yellow [ketchup and mustard]. He likes to add a serving of sweet pickle relish, too.

But since we've been working to cut back on sodium as we've aged, the frank was salty tasting as it was - but when he added the pickle relish it was almost too salty for him to continue eating. He had to remove as much as he could before he could 'enjoy' his hot dog.

As to mine, it didn't impact the flavor significantly as I like to cut my frank into three thin lengths. I give the center one to the pets and use the other two in my hot dog. But even with a small amount of frank, the relish was certainly exploding with salt.

On that note, check the labels for sodium content before grabbing and tossing into your shopping cart.

And if you're hot to trot with the salt shaker, that excess weight you've been experiencing might be due to such as water becomes trapped in the body when excess sodium is part of your meal. Now isn't that the Diet Dickens for those who love the white stuff?

Fruit Butters, Excellent Choices for Dieters Seeking More Beta Cryptoxanthin in Eating Plan

Fruit butters - such as apple, peach, fig and pear make very healthy additions to your weight loss plan. They not only hold notes of Beta Cryptoxanthin, they are also rich in other vitamins and minerals essential to the body for optimum health - such as Vitamin C.

When you are dieting, Vitamin C can assist in boosting your immunity levels. Nothing worse - than getting sick while one is attempting to lose excess fat.

Desserts That are Rich in Beta Cryptoxanthin

- Melon balls consisting of all varieties of melon. The vividly hued red and orange meat melons will contain more values bite per bite.

- Cut up cubes of any of the fruits listed in our data chart below. Top with light, low fat whipped cream and enjoy.

Foods Richest in Beta Cryptoxanthin

Food: 1 cup unless noted

 g's

Pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

3553

Papayas, raw - 1 fruit

1791

Tangerines, (mandarin oranges), canned, light syrup pack

1250

Papayas, raw per cup

825

Peppers, sweet, red, raw

730

Orange juice, frozen concentrate, unsweetened, undiluted - 6 fluid ounce can

684

Tangerine juice, canned, sweetened

533

Orange juice, raw

419

Carrots, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

291

Plums, canned, purple, juice pack, solids and liquids

257

Watermelon, raw - 1 wedge

223

Oranges, raw, all commercial varieties

209

Corn, sweet, yellow, frozen, kernels cut off cob, boiled

200

Peaches, canned, juice pack, solids and liquids

193

Chili con carne with beans, canned entree

189

Peaches, dried, sulfured, uncooked - 3 halves

173

Oranges, raw, all commercial varieties - one

152

Orange juice, raw - from one orange

152

Peaches, frozen, sliced, sweetened

145

Fruit cocktail, canned

137

Nectarines, raw - 1 fruit

133

Spices, paprika - 1 teaspoon

130

Corn, sweet, yellow, cooked, boiled, 1 ear

124

Watermelon, raw

119

Peaches, raw

114

Plums, dried (prunes), stewed, without added sugar

102

Spices, chili powder - 1 teaspoon

91

Dandelion greens, cooked, boiled, drained

86

Cucumber, with peel, raw, 1 large

78

Peaches, canned, juice pack, solids, liquids, 1 half

76

Orange juice, chilled, includes from concentrate

67

Peaches, raw - one fruit

66

Cucumber, peeled, raw - one large

50

Collards, frozen, chopped, cooked

48

Pickle relish, sweet, 1 Tablespoon

44

Plums, dried (prunes), uncooked - 5 prunes

39

Collards, cooked

38

Pineapple and orange juice drink, canned

38

Apricots, raw - one fruit

36

Soup, chunky chicken noodle, canned, ready-to-serve

34

Beans, snap, green, canned

32

Lemon juice, canned or bottled

32

Pickles, cucumber, dill or kosher dill, one

29

Cucumber, with peel, raw

27

Chicken pot pie, frozen entree, prepared, small pie

26

Apricots, canned, juice pack

24

Plums, raw - one fruit

23

Peppers, hot chili, green, raw, one pepper

23

Applesauce, canned, unsweetened

22

Mangos, raw - one fruit

21

 

Menus Using Foods Rich in Beta Cryptoxanthin

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