We’d all love to divulge in our favorite fruits and vegetables pretty much all year long. But have we stopped to consider how that could reflect on our own health? Eating seasonally is actually a thing, but why haven’t we as a society adopted this into our lifestyles as an integral practice?
Let’s explore the benefits of eating seasonally, to assess how it could make an impact on our lives.
Why is seasonal eating important?
According to scientists, researchers and many health experts, it is vital to eat with the cycles of nature which means that you eat the fruit and vegetables at the time that it’s harvested. Eating seasonally is not only better for your health, but it also promotes a balance with both the earth’s resources and its life forms.
Humans need to develop a better understanding of nature so that they have a healthier relationship with the idea that seasons are a source of natural diversity, and should be embraced, rather than challenged.
What does the research say?
Research is suggesting that nutrient content changes in foods depending on the seasons that they were produced in. Makes sense.
There was a study conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and they found that the nutrient content was different in milk harvested in the summer, versus the winter. Which makes sense, considering that their diet an environment dramatically change during those two periods. For example, cows may have less access to fresh plantation during winter, in comparison to summer. There was another study in Japan that also suggested that there were tremendous differences in the nutritional value of spinach in summer, as to winter.
This is why food preservation has become the star of the show for so long, in industries trying to formulate the most effective pesticide, wax or preservative in order to maintain a fresh appearance for the produce. And no one wants a pesticide-ridden piece of fruit.
So why aren’t we eating seasonally?
In short, it’s probably because we don’t realise.
Unfortunately, because of modern agriculture and food processing, most foods are available all year round, which makes it easily forgettable that produce changes with seasons. Therefore, we should really be questioning what type of ‘process’ goes into the production of a fruit or vegetable that technically should not be available during that season. It’s quite scary, don’t you think?
Furthermore, modern food practices that do not follow the USDA’s regulations for organic farming, cause quite a bit of damage to our environment and surrounding communities. So eating organic, is just as important as eating seasonally.
How can we make a change?
By choosing organic seasonal foods, you are promised to have food that was grown closer to you, so it hasn’t been tainted during transport. It’s also harvested at the peak of freshness to ensure dense nutrient content and it’s sold during its season before it’s burdened with pesticides, chemicals, and waxes.
Seasonal produce will always retain more nutrients than their neighbourly friends, therefore making them a better choice for your digestive health.