By now, everyone knows that filling up on fresh fruit and vegetables is a sure-fire way to promote good health. It’s chockful of vitamins, minerals, fibre and everything your body needs to grow, heal and stave off disease. In short – it’s nature’s way of keeping us all red-cheeked and ready to go. But did you know that if you adapted your go-to diet to include only seasonal fruits and vegetables, you’ll be boosting your wellbeing even further?
As the weather changes across the globe throughout the year, so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers a seasonal bounty; this is a wonderful time to start experimenting and trying new recipes or reworking those old ones to incorporate more seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here’s why:
Seasonal produce = higher nutritional value
Fruits and veggies that are stored for extended periods of time, either due to transportation or because it has been stored to use at a later date, shows a marked reduction in phyto-nutrient content. On the flipside, produce that is enjoyed in season is fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in Vitamin C, folate, carotenes and other nutrients that are destroyed after a certain storage period.
Extended shelf life = strange preservation methods
Out-of-season produce are often gassed, irradiated or preserved in wax to extend its shelf life. Not good. For instance, when you irradiate vegetables to make it last longer, it means you are blasting it with a low dose of radiation to kill the germs that could cause decay. As you can imagine, this means nothing good for the end consumer.
Nature’s clock = your body’s clock
The human body has evolved in line with nature. Similarly, the earth has an uncanny way of giving us what we need throughout the year. For instance, winter, Vitamin C-rich citrus is available in abundance to stave off infection like colds and flu. On the other hand, summer foods such as peaches and apricots provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help protect us against sun damage, and boasts a higher sugar content for an energetic summer.
These are just a few of the reasons why eating seasonally will help you to thrive. For more advice and insight on health-boosting diet decisions, keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months. We’ll be sharing our views on the matter and would love to hear yours as well! Do you have any particular preferences when it comes to sourcing your fresh produce, and why? Share the love and let’s get the conversation going.