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Educating ourselves about seasonal eating wasn’t always necessary—it was simply a part of life back when we grew and raised our own food out of necessity. But now, we can get any food from anywhere at just about any time of day, month, or year. This has had an impact not only on our taste buds and nutritional status but also the environment.

Shifts in day length affect how produce grows. Even in places like California and Arizona, which some people consider seasonless, various types of produce grow best at certain times of the year because of changes in the sun’s location and the duration of sunlight hours.

Here are five important benefits of seasonal eating:

1. Provides more nutrients for your health




Our food supply changes with the seasons, as do our hormones and habits, and they are all beautifully interconnected. As seasons change, so does the amount of time we (and our food) are exposed to sunlight, with shorter days in winter compared to the sunnier days of summer.

Eating in season can help supply our bodies with the nutrients we naturally need for optimal wellness. When harvested in season, produce has the ability to ripen and come to its full nutritional potential.

2. Improves your gut health

The soil and the human gut contain approximately the same number of active microorganisms, but the average human gut microbiome is only 10 percent as diverse as that of soil. The diversity of human gut bacteria significantly decreased as we transitioned from a hunter-gatherer society to an urbanized one.

But when we eat in season, we obtain more nutrient-rich foods, which helps our gut health. In addition to the higher levels of vitamins and minerals, we also obtain more fiber to enhance our gut health. And eating a variety of fresh produce is known to help enhance our gut microbiome diversity.


From Poosh

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