Saturday, September 27, 2014

BUY LOCAL SEASONAL PRODUCE

If you look at the labels on a lot of the 'fresh' produce in the market you may notice that much of it is imported. I recommend buying the freshest and most local produce that you can find. Why? There are a couple of reasons:

  • Imported produce takes a long time to get to your kitchen. The less time between harvesting and your kitchen, the better. Key nutrients such as vitamins B and C degrade rapidly after harvest. When you buy imported you may not be getting all the nutrients you think you are.
  • Produce from other countries is 3 times more likely to harbor such illness-causing bacteria as salmonella, and is 4 times more likely to contain illegal levels of pestisides than their local counterparts.
  • Note: Out of season produce is likely to cost 50% more than in season produce so keep this in mind when on a tight budget.

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