Eat Your Vegetables—is a regular request by most parents. Some of us think it is a rite of passage to be able to repeat that request as a parent because we heard it so often in our childhood. The truth is that our parents were setting a firm foundation for good health with that simple demand. Good food like fruits and vegetables is among the best preventive medicines we have. For optimum health, scientists say one should eat a rainbow of colors: blue/purple, yellow/orange, red, green and white. You can find the rainbow in a variety of foods but most specifically in fruits and vegetables.
Farmers’ Markets are great places to start. They offer a variety of fresh, locally-grown produce. These give residents a great advantage in getting fresh-grown produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that the average supermarket produce travels nearly 2,000 miles to its destination, compared to only 50 miles for Farmers’ Market Produce.
Fruits and vegetables have hundreds of phytochemicals which work together with vitamins and minerals to promote good health. Some phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables are Carotenoids (red, yellow, and orange), Lycopene (tomato-based foods), Lutein and zeaxanthin (leafy greens), and flavonoids (bright colored fruits/ vegetables like blueberries, strawberries, cherries). Variety is the key. No one food can provide all the health-protecting and disease-fighting support that the body needs.
One food safety tip is that you should avoid other errands or side trips after you make your purchases at the market. Fresh food declines in quality left sitting in the car.
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