Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Better In Season

written by Jonathan Gliss, youth intern

Fruits and vegetables are extremely nutritious and you should try to eat a wide variety every day. The new food pyramid guide-suggests eating 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day. Regardless of what type of vegetables or fruit you eat, where it came from, or how it was grown, to maintain good health it is important to know these key facts. Many fruit and vegetables help you fight off sickness while others help you maintain your memory. For example kale and carrots are packed with beta-carotene, an important nutrient for good vision. Oranges are full of vitamin C, which helps fight off the cold and flu. Greens, like broccoli and cabbage help to stop cramps of legs and arms.

Even though all vegetables are beneficial to your body and mind, I heard a saying that wraps it up the best. An anonymous farmer once said, “Eating any vegetable at all is good, eating organic vegetables is better, and eating local/seasonal vegetables is best”. The reasoning behind this is that if you get a vegetable or fruit that is not in season, it usually means that it traveled hundreds of miles before arriving at your market. They are probably, not fresh. Can you believe that some vegetables are picked immature so they won’t spoil as fast? Not only does this affect the fresh taste and aroma of your fruits and vegetables, it causes vitamin degradation and nutrient loss. If you buy locally and in season, there is a better chance of the veggies/fruits being fresh and healthier for you.

Coming Soon.......Vegetables of the Month, With Recipes!!!!!

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