When it comes to your diet, there are lots of facts and figures that can come in to play. Preservatives, pesticides, additives, these are all things the modern day consumer has to think about when choosing the food that will go into their bodies. Eating seasonally is a fun and easy way to become a more conscientious consumer as well as overcome some of the challenges of finding fresh and truly healthy ingredients. Here are 6 Benefits of aligning your eating habits with the Earth’s natural cycle.
It’s More Flavorful
Produce that is in season quite simply taste better. It is fresher and has the fullness of its flavor. The natural conditions of the earth allow produce to grow and ripen to their utmost potential. There are noticeable differences between a vegetable that has been manipulated with chemicals or unnatural elements and one cultivated by the Earth’s ebb and flow of sun, rain, and wind. If you’ve ever had the privilege of going apple picking or eating berries right off the vine, you know just how much more vibrant the flavor can be than blueberries from the grocery store in the middle of winter.
It’s More Cost Effective
With the cost of organic and all natural produce constantly hovering above affordability for the average family, what better way to stay healthy and keep from burning a hole in your wallet than by simply buying produce that is in season? Although pineapples are available all year round, you’ll most likely find that they are cheaper in the summer months since there is a higher yield and there will be more local farmers who are supplying them. This cuts out a great deal of the costs accumulated in the cultivation and transportation of produce that results in its high prices.
It Supports Environmental Sustainability
Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out of season produce, which in turn helps support the local farmers that are providing cheaper and cleaner produce. The rise in local farmers can aid the decline in genetically engineered food and mega-farming that often uses practices that deplete the soil of its nutrients.
It’s More Nutritious
Since the organic and all-natural farming practices used when growing produce that is in season are not diminishing the soil in which the produce is growing, the juicy tomatoes plucked from the vine in July when they’re at their ripest will be packed with all of its appropriate nutrients and goodness.
It Adds Variety to Your Diet All Year
This is a benefit of eating seasonably that can be especially enjoyable and may even encourage some creativity. Since you’re diet is constantly changing with the seasons, you are more likely to have a wider variety of food. In your adventure into new types of seasonal produce you may also begin to try preparing your food in different and exciting ways.
It Supports Community
Food has always been a medium through which people have been able to come together. Investing in a minor detail like when and why you buy certain produce is an easy way to help keep our farmland rich in nutrients and support your local farmers and produce markets. Not to mention, it invites conversation between people about how to cultivate communities in which healthy living and eating is a regular and accessible practice for everyone.
Eating seasonally is a way in which we can all be more mindful consumers and contribute to the natural agricultural cycle. So, put on your chef hat and start whipping up some seasonally delicious dishes at home or, if you’re not quite the chef, head over to a Nanoosh and try something on the new seasonal menu!