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Deep orange vegetables are readily available and are packed with nutrition. Eating these vegetables has many health benefits because they are good sources of beta carotene, a carotenoid and antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage. Beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body, and Vitamin A helps in the differentiation of normal cells. Thus, Vitamin A may prevent the development of cancer.
Some common deep orange vegetables include: carrots; butternut and acorn squash; sweet potatoes and yams, and pumpkins. It is recommended that teens and adults should consume 4 to 6 cups of red and orange vegetables weekly. Children ages 4 to 8 should eat 3 cups of these vegetables, and children ages 2 to 3 should eat 2-1/2 cups each week.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Scrub potatoes and cut each potato lengthwise into wedges. Place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper and cinnamon. Spread potatoes evenly on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 45 minutes turning potatoes after 20 minutes.