Globalization and technology have made it possible to get any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year, and in any region of the world.
This brings some advantages since if you have a craving for a particular fruit, you don’t have to wait a few months to satisfy it, and it has allowed us to taste foods from all over the world, which we may not have the opportunity to try otherwise.
However, several aspects of this phenomenon are not healthy for your body or for the ecosystem.
Here are some of the reasons why eating vegetables and fruits in season is a healthy practice:
- Eating seasonal foods makes your body more aligned with nature since seasonal foods have vitamins and nutrients that your body needs in that specific season. This makes all seasons more tolerable, no matter how much you dislike the weather.
- Studies have shown that harvesting the fruit before it is ripe (a practice necessary to be able to consume food out of season) causes the fruit to not have as many nutrients as the fruit in season. In addition to being less nutritious, groceries that are out of season turn out to be less tasty.
- Consuming fruits in season is more ecologically sustainable since harsh chemicals are not needed to force them to grow out of season. In addition, the environmental impact generated by having to transport food from distant countries where the fruit is in season is also reduced, and the chemicals used to keep food in good condition during the long journey.
- A good indicator of whether a food is in season is the price. Foods that grow naturally this season do not have to be transported very far, and will be abundantly present in the inventory. All of this will lead to generally lower prices or offers to appear repeatedly during the season.
The foods that are ready to be consumed in the fall are those that will provide you with more energy to sustain you throughout the day, that contain nutrients that fight damage at the cellular level and give extra support to your immune system, especially providing vitamins C and D.
Some of these foods include potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, acorns, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, apples, broccoli, and cauliflower.
The best way to make a habit of eating seasonal foods is not to force yourself to eliminate all that is not in season at once. This will only make you frustrated if the practice isn’t perfect the first time.
We hope this guide helps you gradually implement this practice and create a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
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