Consuming Farm Fresh Produce - The Need of the Hour!
Remember the days when our grandparents would take us to local farms and we would get to enjoy fresh juicy fruits and veggies? The taste, aroma, and memories are still fresh…except for our food now that is anything but fresh.
Following rapid urbanization, our kitchen gardens, backyards have now turned into more houses and parking lots, and our homes have moved far away from farms and fields. Thus, making it difficult for us to stay connected to our roots – fresh farm produces.
Although many companies boast of bringing farm fresh produce in the market…we wonder how they even define fresh in today’s time. Farm produce, especially rich in vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B, often lose their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. Meanwhile, other factors like delayed transportation, exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes also act as a catalyst.
So what’s the point of consuming produce almost a week (sometimes two weeks) after they picked?
Despite agriculture being one of the major industries in the United States of America, the country is widely obsessed with fast food. An average American family is believed to be consuming barely one or two servings of vegetables – five times lower than the recommended amount. And, the abundance of fast food options that once mesmerized young and adults has now crippled and pushed the nation towards obesity. Shocked? Wait till you hear this…
According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, more than one-third of U.S. adults were found to be obese. Let us remind you, obesity still remains the biggest of all major health concerns and is associated with Type 2 diabetes and Hypertension.
A few years ago, realizing that raising a generation of healthier kids is the ‘need of the hour’, the then First Lady of the United States started the “Let’s Move” campaign, an initiative that would teach and help families to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She grew a vegetable garden at the White House. Taking this initiative further, the United States Department of Agriculture has been leaving no stone unturned to encourage American families to go to local markets for seasonal and fresh produce, plant their own backyard gardens to make inexpensive additions to their lifestyle.
Benefits of Farm Fresh Produce:
- Fresh produce tastes better and has more nutritional value.
- Obtaining fresh produce from local farmers’ eradicates the possibilities of preservatives and dye entering your system.
- Health studies claim that eating fresh vegetables and fruits boosts weight loss and reduces aging.
- Going to the local farms or farmers’ market not only encourages families to spend more time together, but it also sets off curiosity among children to learn gardening ways.
- It’s cheaper and you could serve a mightier meal, every time.
It is always better to steer away from produce that is either sprayed with pesticides or has been genetically modified.
Go Healthy, Go Local!