We all are living in an era where there is the trend of eating fast, instant, and packaged food which not only makes our body deprived of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, also more prone to get infections. The need of the hour is to realize that eating seasonal and fresh food not only fulfills nutritional requirements but also builds our immunity to fight against various diseases.
What does Eating Local Mean?
Local means food which is growing in your nearby areas since it is grown locally it tastes better as there is no moisture loss no nutritional degradation and it is free from chemicals.
Eating local will lead you to eat seasonally as the farmer will only grow what season supports, which naturally supports our body's healing process. For example, watermelon and cucumber keep us hydrated in summer.
Incorporating culturally-specific food or a different method of eating and cooking not only helps in sustainability but also creates a bridge in keeping global health.
Key points to include sustainable and local foods is
1. Incorporating different grains in meal patterns adds more nutrition to the meal.
2. Eating local is easy on the pocket, as they are less costly.
3. It’s fun to visit farmer's markets and create some good memories.
4. It also benefits the local economy market.
5. It enhances our knowledge about food and its diversity.
This Winter Season Eat Locally Grown Vegetables
1. Green leafy vegetable- Rich in antioxidants, and vitamins.
2. Carrot – Rich in vitamin A and good for the eyes.
3. Beetroot- Rich in Iron, helpful for glowy skin
4. Amla - Rich source of vitamin C raises immunity and is good for the eyes too.
5. Sweet potato – Good for kidney, heart, and maintaining the immune system by fighting germs.
And most importantly when you buy locally you are buying organic as organic means working with nature and local farms cannot afford to name organic despite using it.
EAT LOCAL, FRESH, AND SEASONAL.