Fruits and vegetables are naturally nutritious. These foods give nutrients in a natural way and thus saving you the hassle of taking up supplements and vitamins. Also, there are a lot of varieties of fruits and vegetables so there will always be new to try. It is easy to find fresh fruits and vegetables now since there are a lot of canned of these alongside with the fresh ones. However, it is and always be best to eat fresh food.
Eating fresh foods will lessen your contact with chemicals and additives that could bring a little harm and damage to your body system. Fresh fruits and the vegetables are those who are sold in markets and are fresh from harvest. But most buyers are deceived of buying fruits and vegetables that look fresh on the outside, however rotten or decayed in the inside or vice versa. That is why that with the fact of preservatives presence in canned fruits and vegetables, many are still buying it instead of fresh foods.
There are ways to find out if a fruit or a vegetable that is being sold is fresh or rotten. For greens such as celery, dill, kale, lettuce, broccoli, and the likes should be very green and also crisp looking. If these foods are pale or brown looking, don’t buy it but if it is on sale or on bargain, buy it if you are planning to cook or use it actually right away. Sometimes, the outside may look brown but the actual inside is still okay, like the head of the lettuce. For cabbages, it is fresh when it has a crisp and very heavy head. Turnips, carrots, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables should also feel heavy and its skin should be very smooth, not wrinkled. Fresh ones have a fresh taste and attractive colour. Additional tip, smaller in size is tastier when it comes to root vegetables. Potatoes, on the other hand may contain solanine. When the skin of the potato is quite green, then it is a sign of poisonous solanine and cutting off the green part won’t remove the solanine. So refrain from buying this kind. Cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, and peppers should be heavy, unwrinkled and dark though some zucchini might be of pale colour.
Grapes are sweeter when ripe. To know the ripeness of grapes, try lifting the package or a bundle and look from the underneath. When there are a lot who is loose from the bunch, then those grapes are ripe. Strawberries should be firm and should be without too strong of a smell. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons should have a fresh smell with no soft spots. Brown surfaces scratches and green spots don’t affect these fruits. Apples are of course should be firm, has smooth skin and with no blemishes.
But why is it important to eat fresh foods?
Fresh foods give natural based nutrients and are guaranteed healthy for the body. Vegetables give different vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin A which helps keep your skin and eyes healthy and protect you against infections, vitamin C is the one that helps with wound healing and keeps gums and teeth healthy, folate that helps the body in forming red blood cells, fibre and potassium. Fruits also contain these nutrients and in addition, they are low in fat, sodium, and calories.
Aside from the nutrients one can get in fresh foods, this is also a way of preventing diseases. The most common that can be prevented are cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, and even various types of cancers. This is because of the nutrients fruit and vegetables supply in the body. For example is eating potassium rich foods like bananas and potatoes helps in reducing blood pressure, decrease in bone loss, and prevention of developing kidney stones.
Fresh fruits and the vegetables don’t only give nutrients. These fresh foods are actually a good substitute to any meals when on a diet and can help in weight management. Most fruits and vegetables are of low calories compared to other foods and thus are a good substitute for meals. Aside from being a substitute to meals, these can also substitute certain recipe ingredients. Your plastic surgeon will confirm this. So eating fresh foods will not only make you healthy, these also help you in being fit.
So never settle for something less. Always go for something that is yummy, tasty, but healthy. Remember, health is wealth.