The Top 3 Benefits of Seasonal Eating
It’s summertime — and that means lots of light and fresh summer fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking (and eating).
It is time to eat the rainbow!
Summer offers exceptionally delicious foods in peak freshness this time of year, such as:
Summer squash, tomatoes, corn, green beans, cucumbers, blackberries, bell peppers, arugula, cauliflower, radishes, spinach, zucchini, figs, cherries, watermelon, peaches, and many more. Yum!
Have you noticed that you start to crave foods that are in season? There is a good reason for that — the body wants you to eat them.
Read on for the top three reasons eating seasonal foods supports a healthy body and lifestyle.
1. Seasonal Foods Have Higher Nutrient Levels. + Bonus points for local, seasonal foods!
The body loves foods that are in-season, ones that are the most fresh, with the highest nutrient levels because they have been able to fully mature, (and they have the richest taste to boot)! Local, seasonal foods are picked at peak ripeness, whereas foods that are travel to other areas have to be picked prior to ripening. Those picked early never fully mature, and they lose nutrients in transit. Sometimes those foods are “gassed” with ripening agents as well. We want to stay as close to nature’s process as possible, for ourselves and for the environment.
2. The Body Needs Food Diversity.
Switching up what you eat based on the seasons helps you prime your microbiome, which supports your immune system and protects against disease. The microbes in your digestive system love when you consume a variety of foods, and when you’re not contstantly eating a rotation of the same things, you’re much less likely to develop food sensitivities or food allergies, and more likely to get a full range of healthy nutrients.
3. Reduce Inflammation and Increase Antioxidants
A diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables has been shown to lower inflammatory biomarkers connected to conditions like Diabetes and Heart Disease. It is also noted that a variety of the food can actually be more impactful than the amount. Botanical diversity supports reducing oxidative stress, because the vitamins and minerals are packed inside plants, naturally. They set you up for success!
Enjoy the outstanding selection of flavors and textures in your summer foods this season!
Peach Cobbler, anyone?
Happy Summer Eating.
All my best,
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Founder, Feed Your Spirit, Inc.
Wellness Expert, Planted Table Meals
Practitioner, Creating Balanced Health