Canada’s Food Guide - Health Canada encourages you to eat five to ten servings
per day of fruit and vegetables which are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Why so many? Fruits and vegetables are your best source of vitamins A, C
and folate. Research on this food group is compelling. Not only are
the foods in this group low in calories but they are credited with reducing the
risk of heart disease and cancer. It is also recommended that people
choose a variety of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet to take advantage
of the different nutrients that each has to offer. Sadly, research
indicates that most people are getting less than half of the daily recommended
FACTS - Did you know?
Rhubarb is not a fruit but is a vegetable---it
contains plenty of fiber and is rich in vitamin C and potassium.
Asparagus has only 20 calories per cup.
It is good raw or cooked and supplies Vitamin A, B6, C, and K as well as
the minerals – iron, potassium and phosphorous. It also is a good
source of plant protein.
Strawberries are the most popular fruit
world wide. They contain only 55 calories per cup and contain 88
mg of Vitamin C. Strawberries contain no fat or sodium.
Red Raspberries along with strawberries
are packed with ellagic acid – an antioxidant that rids the body
of carcinogens. Fresh raspberries contain 45 calories per 5 oz serving
and are an excellent source of fiber and essential vitamins.
Black Raspberries are delicious and contain
Vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin and niacin. All dark fruits carry anti-oxidant properties.
Cherries contain Vitamins A, C and B Complex
and also are rich is potassium. Herbalists use cherry juice to ease
the discomfort of arthritis, gout and even headaches. Cherries are a rich
source of antioxidants that can help fight cancer and heart disease.
Red and Black Currants are an excellent
source of Vitamin A and C. Black Currant Juice is hailed as the best
juice to ward off sore throats and winter colds.
Research has indicated that Blueberries
contain the highest levels of antioxidants all fruits and vegetables tested.
Antioxidants are said to improve eyesight, help to prevent cancer and to
slow the effects of aging – especially memory loss and motor skill deterioration.
Pumpkins and Squash are an excellent source
of Vitamin A. These orange vegetables are rich in beta-carotene and
antioxidants which help to prevent heart disease and some cancers.
Vitamin A is particularly good for eyesight. Vitamin A is necessary
for strong bone development in children.
It is reported that the North American
Indians ate pumpkin seeds to cure kidney disease. These seeds are
rich in potassium, iron and Vitamin B.
Did you know that all of these wonderful
fruits and vegetables grow at ANDREWS SCENIC ACRES – check our growing
calendar for harvest times.
Did you know that honey is the only food that doesn't spoil?
found honey in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. It was taste tested and
found to be edible. How's that for a long shelf life?