Spinach

Preliminary images, and a recipe, for the current Food and Nutrition Project to illustrate sources of folate (folic Acid/folacin/vitamin B9).

A diet with plenty of green vegetables should easily supply the Recommended Daily Allowance to prevent the health problems associated with lack of folic acid (usually due to a poor diet, but also diseases such as Coeliac which interfere with absorption).

Folate is a vital nutrient for cell growth and reproduction, and the prevention of megaloblastic anaemia. Low levels of folic acid in the diet are also thought to be associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The NZ Ministry of Health & NZ Ministry of Primary Industries websites are good sources of information about this important vitamin.

The Olive

Continuing working illustrations & food photography for the Healthy Fats section of the current Food and Nutrition Project. Olives are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, omega 9, vitamin E, and the phytonutrient squalene.

These illustration roughs above are painted with a grainy, powdery watercolour palette leaving a ‘textured’ finish, quite different to the cleaner finish using a Windsor & Newton palette in a prior ‘Bottled – Savouring Summer’ image. 

The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation is a good source of information about the types of dietary fats and obtaining the right balance in your diet.