The Colour of the Harvest™ is an exciting way of you to discover the foundation of health, through your diet. Vegetables and fruits are visibly a vital part of a health diet. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit have been shown to help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid diverticulitis and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, which are two common causes of vision loss. Balance and colourful variety into your diet along with regular exercise give us the best opportunity to fight disease and maintain youthful vigour.
Vegetables and fruits are important for our diet because they give our bodies vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals, all which are essential for good health.
Vitamins and minerals are compounds found in a wide array of food which the body needs every day to maintain good health. Check labels for recommended daily intakes.
Fibre is a general term given to parts of plants that cannot be digested. Dietary fibre is broken down into two categories; soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre reduces blood cholesterol and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Insoluble fibre absorbs water to speed the passage of waste through the intestines.
Phytochemicals are natural compounds found in plant based foods which have many biological effects, including antioxidant properties. Phytochemicals also give vegetables and fruits their colour.
Antioxidants are substances which protect the body from oxidation. Oxidation is a natural process that creates harmful molecules called free radicals that accelerate aging and lead to disease. Antioxidants are important because they neutralize free radicals and minimize the cellular damage they cause.
Canada's food guide recommends that we consume 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. (Please check the Canada food Guide website for further details regarding serving sizes). By eating from all the colour groups everyday, the great variety of nutrients and phytochemicals are working in your body to promote good health. The Harvest collection divides vegetables and fruits into groups called the colour of the harvest. Use this pallet of colours to energize your kitchen and you and your families life. Involve the whole family by tracking your daily vegetable intake by their colours. Reclaim the passion in your kitchen with help from the colours of the Harvest pallet.