Eating Seasonally: A Guide to Winter Food
Infographic from HealthCentral.com
eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, and that are locally and organically grown, is one of the best strategies for increasing your health, including managing your weight and reducing the risk for a variety of chronic diseases.
Probably the biggest health benefit of eating seasonally and locally is freshness. Freshly picked produce that is not transported over long distances retains more of its important micronutrients (the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals).
Another benefit is cost savings: generally, fruits and vegetables are less expensive when they are in season. Many real good deals can be found at the local farmer's market as well as regular grocery stores.
Finally, fresh, in-season produce that is locally sourced tends to be much more flavorful. That's why picky chefs and upscale restaurants insist on using only the freshest ingredients!
Produce grown organically in rich soil has been shown to be more nutritious than produce that is conventionally grown in mineral depleted, poor soil. Organic farming does not utilize industrial chemical fertilizers and pesticides - many of which are thought to be toxic to human health. By definition, "organic" means non-GMO.
So, what's in season during the winter months?
This infographic from Health Central, entitled Guide to Winter Food, illustrates 10 winter fruits and vegetables. The infographic includes a summary of the health benefits (vitamin and mineral content) and diet tips for each fruit and vegetable:
✿ Blood Oranges
✿ Bok Choy
✿ Brussels Sprouts
Of course, the actual fruits, veggies and herbs that are in season, locally grown and available depend on your location.
If you want to know exactly which produce is in season in your particular location, check out Sustainable Table.
Sustainable Table allows you to search its Seasonal Food Guide by state, month and optionally by produce (including some types of beans and pseudo-grains like Amaranth and Quinoa.
Infographic source and more information on diet and exercise, please visit: A Guide to Winter Food (Infographic) - Health Central.
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