Seasonal Eating: Good for You, Good for the Planet

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You may have heard about seasonal eating, and that it’s good for you and the planet. But do you have a clear understanding of what that is and why it’s a good thing?

By Candice Csaky

Seasonal eating involves enjoying fruits and vegetables that are picked locally and consumed at the peak of their growing season. Conventional produce is often harvested before it’s ripe and shipped in from other countries. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables start to lose their nutrients once they’re picked, which means they lose some beneficial nutrients by the time they reach the store.

How does it benefit me?
A diet loaded with fruits and vegetables can provide a variety of health benefits, like reduced blood pressure and lower risks of heart disease, stroke and digestive issues, among others. When you eat seasonally, you’re choosing locally or regionally grown options over produce from faraway lands. These foods are given time to ripen naturally and are likely to taste better.

How does it benefit the planet?
Purchasing seasonal produce from a local farm can have a global impact. By supporting farmers in your area, you’re reducing your carbon footprint as less fuel is required for transportation, resulting in less air pollution as well. Not to mention, you’re also contributing to your local economy.

How do I get started?
Before grocery shopping, take note of the fruits and vegetables that are in season and which are grown in your region. Local farmers markets are a perfect place to learn more about your area’s offerings, get to know farmers and expand your seasonal palate. Be adventurous and try new seasonal fruits and vegetables you come across. You just might discover a new favorite.

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