April 2, 2018 9:49 pm

As many nutrition experts would say, we are what we eat.  Mounting research shows that a healthy diet may decrease a number of health-related issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even in some cases depression.  Heart-healthy and brain boosting diets are hot topics in the fields of memory care and aging neuroscience.  Several sources state that certain diet choices may reduce the risk of developing dementia and in some cases even slowdown the symptoms of dementia. You should also be aware of the benefits of eating locally grown and in season foods.

Food grown on a nearby farm creates a smaller carbon footprint and supports the local economy. A number of sources report that locally grown and in season food tastes better and nutritional experts argue that they are more nutritious for you.  Vegetables and fruits start to lose their optimal nutritional value once they are harvested. Vitamins such as E, A, C, and some B vitamins are reduced throughout the lifespan of the produce. Also, these Vitamins are at high peak when the produce is in season. Exposure to air, non-natural light, and temperature changes play a role in the reduced nutritional value of the produce.

With this being said, try to shop at local farms stands and research what fruits and vegetables are in season in your state or local area.

Fellow Floridians can learn more about peak harvesting seasons from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website (link provided below):

https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season 

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This post was written by Kim Smith