I was recently approached by a friend who asked me if I could write about plants that are packed full of vitamins. She is tired of feeding her kids Flintstone style vitamins and is having problems getting a variety of fruits and vegetables into her fussy children. This subject is a favorite of mine, I take a great deal of delight in sneaking strange food into my family’s meals. In fact I made the mistake of telling them once I used yams instead of pumpkins to make their muffins.
They have threatened me with with spy cameras ever since that day, but I still try to get as much healthy stuff into them as possible.
The first thing to keep in mind when you’re trying to get more vitamins and minerals out of your diet is to buy fruits and vegetables that have more vitamins and minerals. Our modern cultivation practices have cut their nutritional value down drastically. Organic produce contains higher amounts of essential nutrients due to better soil management practices.
We also need to keep in mind that there is no one plant source that can replace your multi vitamins - you must include many plant sources. Eat the rainbow, not in candy form however, in fruit and veggie form. Vitamins are chemical compounds made up of elements from the periodic table for example vitamin C is ascorbic acid C6H8O6, table salt is sodium chloride or NaCl, water is H2O, you get the picture. Minerals are elements found on the periodic table, for example magnesium Mg, and calcium Ca. If you remember from chemistry class colour was an indicator of an element, or of chemical change. Everytime you eat a different coloured food you're ingesting different nutrients. My personal favorite is beta carotene, used to make vitamin A, because it’s bright orange. Including many different colours in your family’s diet will help insure a wide range of nutrients. If you have fussy children you may want to get them involved in growing a rainbow garden that includes veggies and berries from all the different colours of the rainbow.