As well as vitamins and minerals, fruit and veggies contain powerful phytonutrients. These are the natural compounds that give plant foods their bright colours and unique flavours. There are more than 5000 phytonutrients and scientists are just beginning to understand their many health benefits. Eating seasonally will naturally help you mix up the variety of fruit and veggies you eat, which is one of the best ways to benefit from all the phytonutrients they provide.
Ever heard of a “locavore”? It simply means you choose food that’s grown locally. Locally grown, seasonal food has the biggest benefit for the planet, as it takes less resources to transport and store your food. Did you know transporting food by air generates 177 times more greenhouse gases than shipping it? That leads to a big carbon footprint for a little bunch of herbs. Look for farmers who follow organic and sustainable growing practices and energy use to minimize your food's environmental impact.
By buying foods grown and raised close to where you live, you help maintain farmland and green space in your area. Whether you make it to your local farmer’s market or you pop seasonal produce in your shopping basket, you’re supporting Luxembourgish growers.
If you’re buying seasonal produce, chances are you’ll be filling your plate with more fruit and veggies – win:win. For several decades, research has consistently shown a well-balanced vegetarian diet (made up of veggies, fruit, nuts, legumes and whole grains) can help reduce your risk of major lifestyle diseases, help you live longer, and also help with weight management.
The fewer steps there are between your food's source and your table the less chance there is of contamination. When you know where your food comes from and who grows it, you know a lot more about that food.
Money spent with local farmers, growers, and artisans and locally-owned purveyors and restaurants all stays close to home. It works to build your local economy instead of being handed over to a corporation in another city, state, or country. Since the food moves through fewer hands, more of the money you spend tends to get to the people growing it.