Why We Should Eat Seasonally

Eating Seasonally Oranges

The globalised food market enables us to buy food from around the world at any time of year. Whilst this might be considered convenient by some, for others, we are inadvertently creating a whole host of health and environmental problems in the process. How can this be avoided? Eating seasonally is a great place to start. Today I list my top 6 reasons to season! 

Ever noticed strawberries or mangoes get ridiculously expensive as they move out of season? That is because they are limited in supply. Eating seasonally is likely to save you money because of an abundant supply of seasonal produce will help keep the costs competitive (especially when we are talking about organic produce).  

Freshly picked produce is full of flavour that is hard to replicate in a green house or artificial growing environment. Don’t believe me? Head to your nearest farmer’s market and start sampling, you won’t be disappointed

Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content than out of season unripe fruits and vegetables.

Ever considered the same 3 veg you eat at dinner time each night weren’t meant to be available all year round? Eating the same fruits and vegetables day in and day out is one way to build an intolerance to these foods. By eating seasonally, you will avoid over-consumption of any one type of fruit or vegetable. In addition, eating seasonally also forces us out of our comfort zone and into new foods! Eating a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables means we are also eating a diverse source of vitamins and minerals. 

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), spring is associated with the liver, one of the body’s primary detoxification organs. Conveniently, spring is also the time when dandelion and other bitter greens are fresh and available; these bitter greens support the liver and its function. Eating seasonally is another way of living ‘just the way nature intended’. 

Eating with the seasons and purchasing local foods helps to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used which also reduces pollution. 

In addition, transporting produce sometimes requires irradiation (zapping the produce with a burst of radiation to kill germs) and preservatives (such as wax) to protect the produce during the trip. By purchasing locally grown and seasonal foods, you can avoid all of these measures and help protect the environment as well as the food you consume. 

Stuck on how to eat seasonally and what fruits and vegetables are available when? My seasonal cookbooks are designed around the abundance of fresh fruits available throughout the year. The winter version is available for only $7.95 by clicking here


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I’m a qualified Nutritionist who believes an evidence-based approach to modern nutrition is severely under-rated. Patients are so often left in the dark when it comes to health-care and as a firm believer in the old saying “knowledge is power”, my ultimate goal is to provide my readers, students and patients with clear and actionable advice that ultimately helps you reach your full potential.