Another rainbow that is just as beautiful is a rainbow of nutritious and delicious food.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adults consume between 7 and 10 portions of fruits and vegetables every day. For many people this can present a challenge. Whether it is lack of time, money, or availability many people are not getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily needed to maintain good health.
Your fruit and vegetable choices should include the entire spectrum of colours. Dark green vegetables should be the predominant feature along with purples, oranges, reds, and yellows. A variety of fruit comes in dark crimson and blue and those nice dark colours are also an excellent source of antioxidants.
Berries for instance are a rich source of phytonutrients – naturally occurring compounds found in plants. There are literally hundreds of known phytonutrients, many of which have antioxidant properties that help protect our cells against free radical damage, improve immune function, and help reduce the risk for chronic disease. Berries are also abundant in vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
You don’t have to eat every single colour of the rainbow at each meal, but over the course of the day all colours should have found their way to your plate – or snack.
“Vegetables and fruit contain important nutrients our body needs to maintain good health.”
Not only do they taste great, both vegetables and fruit contain many important nutrients our body needs to maintain good health. Vegetables and fruit are also a very good source of fibre, which helps to keep us regular.
Here are just a few benefits of including more fruit and vegetables in your diet:
- Lowered risk of heart disease and stroke
- Help lower the risk of many cancers
- Help lower blood pressure
- Help lower cholesterol
- Protect the immune system
- Help with weight loss
- Increase energy
- Increase vitality
Fruit and vegetables do not have to be expensive and hard to prepare. Chop up some veggies and seal them in a container or baggie to have on hand as snacks. Carrot, celery, cucumber and sweet bell pepper sticks are favorites among adults and children alike. A big batch of fruit salad using oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, grapes and berries also makes a healthy snack we all love.
Although vegetable and fruit juice may count as a serving, vegetable juices can be high in sodium and fruit juice is high in sugar. It’s better to eat the whole fruit or vegetable than drink the juice.
“Supplementing with AIM’s whole food juice powder concentrates
helps to correct the nutritional deficiencies in the typical North American diet.”
If you find it challenging to consume the recommended daily servings of vegetables, you can add supplements to your diet to help compensate. This is what we do, and we recommend the AIM products.
The AIM Companies (AIM) provides high-quality whole food concentrates and nutritional supplements that improve people’s lives. As a leader in the health and nutrition industry, AIM has pioneered green juice drinks and an assortment of whole-food concentrates.
AIM’s superior line of products are a fast and convenient way to supplement your fruit and vegetable intake without all the sodium and sugar commercial products contain.
A diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables can have a tremendous impact on our health and help prevent disease and health issues. And an easy way to help select our daily intake is to remember that eating a rainbow a day keeps the doctor away!
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” ~ Hippocrates
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