Some of the reasons for consuming vegetables is for their natural enzymes, phyto-proteins, and fibres that feed and cleanse our internal systems assisting them in optimum performance. Eat fresh. Pound for pound you will receive more benefits from living produce than frozen.
Produce is picked before it’s peak so that it arrives in the market semi-ripe and last longer on the shelf. if the product has not ripened by the time you purchase it you should treat it as the market does and leave it at room temperature until ripe. Direct from the farm markets or markets on the farm are the absolute best places to get your fresh produce. At the supermarket produce that is in season is the produce that is on sale or priced to move quickly.
Choosing foods high in nutrition density and foods that are in season will support the functions of the body during the current season and prepare the body for the oncoming season for maximum survival. Because we live in a global society and reap the benefits of fresh produce year round it is important to recognize what role produce plays in the human diet. Along with sufficient hydration, learning to shop and cook from the produce section is one of the best wellness practices you can develop. Not only will you save money on your grocery bill you will begin to notice a difference in how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Making diet decisions based on good information is key in choosing eating strategies that maximize performance and benefit from our foods.