What makes “fresh” so much better

Fresh produceFreshness is something that seems to be interpreted in many different ways these days. In some cases, it simply means that meat was never frozen. In other cases, people are aiming for their style to be so fresh and so clean (clean).

With fruits and vegetables, freshness can be confusing to define and even harder to identify. What’s not tough to understand are the benefits of fresh produce.

Below is a short list of benefits of truly fresh foods that everyone should know about. Take a look..

  • Flavor — Food that is allowed to ripen naturally will develop the fullest flavor.
  • Better Nutrition — Vitamins and minerals are developed and retained better if the food is allowed to ripen on the plant. This is especially true for vitamin C levels. Some of the nutritional value can be lost if the food travels thousands of miles to reach your store.
  • In Sync with Our Body Needs – Fresh summer fruits have a higher level of water content than other foods. This is matched well with warmer weather when we need the fluids to control body temperature and prevent our skin from drying out. Think of how great a cool wedge of watermelon tastes on a hot day. Nature seems to know what we need — and when we need it!
  • Lower Cost – Buying foods during their natural season saves money because the supply is plentiful. It’s also cheaper than producing it in greenhouses. Let nature do the work instead of relying on greenhouses. Also, you can save money by buying foods that are traditional to your climate. Take advantage of foods typical to your area. If you live in the warmer, southern states, feast on the plentiful citrus fruits. Live in the northern states? Then apples and cherries are abundant throughout the spring and summer.
  • Variety — Eating with the season’s harvest helps provide different textures and a better balance of the nutrients our bodies need.
  • Organic – When we buy local, fresh, organic seasonal foods we will leave a lighter carbon footprint. It also lets us know we are putting natural, Earth-friendly foods into our bodies and those of our family.