Manitoba grows a wide range of crops that we turn into healthy and tasty foods for families around the world. Manitoba is also the Canadian leader in making functional foods- foods that taste good and are good for you.
What are functional foods?
Functional foods are familiar foods that have a health effect beyond basic nutrition. All foods provide nutrients like protein that we need to grow. Functional foods have higher levels of certain nutrients like antioxidants; or more of a particular healthy compound like omega 3 fatty acids that have been shown to improve health. These are often referred to as ‘bioactives’- meaning they have a Biologically Active role in the body.
Who Are We?
The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN) looks at the health-related effects of food ingredients we make from the crops we grow. We aim to provide you with reliable and scientific-based evidence about the foods you eat. Making informed food choices can help you live a long and healthy life.
What is the Canadian Climate Advantaged Diet?
MAHRN is leading the development of the Canadian Climate Advantaged Diet (CCAD). Our research shows there may be health advantages to eating more crops grown and processed in Manitoba. We have rich soil and lots of prairie sunshine to help crops grow. Our producers also select seeds that are best adapted to our environment. Foods made from these crops may help to improve their health benefits and effectiveness. Adopting the elements of this diet can empower you to make healthier choices. Selecting foods grown on the prairies and in Western Canada also supports local agriculture.
To become part of the Canadian Climate Advantaged Diet (CCAD), crops must meet the following criteria:
- Provide possible health enhancing effects, such as disease prevention
- Produced in a sustainable manner
- Contribute to the agri-food sector of Manitoba and Western Canada