I love appearing on Rogers TV York Region because York Region is the community that I am from. It's so great to be able to share healthy recipe ideas and nutrition knowledge to the same community that I grew up in!
I also love fall, because it is harvest season, which means we get an abundance of fresh and delicious produce to consume. In the first half of the segment, I discussed recipes using fall harvest vegetables, in particular, of orange vegetables: sweet potato, butternut squash and carrots.
Orange vegetables are high in beta-carotene, a pre-cursor vitamin A in our bodies - essential for increased immunity (perfect for the upcoming flu season), eye and skin health (Heiting, 2016). Vitamin A is also constantly studied to bring nutrition innovation worldwide. Scientists are constantly innovating to create dietary reference guidelines, in addition to combating deficiency around the globe (Tang, 2010). Aguayo and Baker (2005) have also studied the effects of vitamin A deficiency in children in Sub-Saharan Africa, citing that children with vitamin A deficiency have decreased survival rates. There are plenty of reasons why you should eat your orange vegetables, and you can read about the evidence on that here, here and here.
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Aguayo, V. M., & Baker, S. K. (2005). Vitamin A Deficiency and Child Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reappraisal of Challenges and Opportunities. Food Nutr Bull Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 26(4), 348-355. doi:10.1177/156482650502600404
Heiting, G. (2016). Vitamin A and Beta Carotene: Eye Benefits. All About Vision. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/vitamin_a.htm on 7, October 2016.
Tang, G. (2010). Bioconversion of dietary provitamin A carotenoids to vitamin A in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91. doi:10.3945/ajcn.2010.28674G