What Makes Produce Nutritious?

By Joel Wasmann, blogger of By the Handful

So what makes produce nutritious?

The carrots you just grabbed off the shelf were either organic or non-organic, is this all that matters? I will assume most of us are on the organic bandwagon but there are other factors that go into creating a healthy fruit or vegetable. Before I studied nutrition I was a gardening nerd. I use the word nerd because that’s really what I was, studying everything from the genetic histories of apples to soil microbiology. One thing I learned is that the vitamin and mineral content of the soil was directly related to that of the vegetable growing in it. Maybe this seems a little obvious but do you think that you might be deficient in Calcium and Magnesium because your local soil is too? It’s possible that both you and your spinach are deficient if you live in an area where it rains a lot and the soil has not been amended. Rain leaches minerals from soil. In some cases the produce might give you some...

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Benefits of Seasonal Eating

Benefits of Seasonal Eating“ date: ”2015–08–27"

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By Teri Sprouse with Nourished Roots PDX

In Portland, you often hear people talking about focusing on eating locally, organically grown and seasonally appropriate foods.  These buzz words can be overwhelming for someone just trying to get a meal on the table for themselves or their families.  It is easy to become confused by the multiple messages about what to eat and where to buy your food.  Some have even asked, “What does seasonal eating even mean?”  Seasonal eating is a philosophy of eating where your diet is adjusted according to what is currently growing in your own region.  Seasonal eating focuses on eating food that will support your body in the particular season you are experiencing.   With today’s modern grocery stores, you can find almost any food you desire at any time of the year.  This may...

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FAVES for Vibrant Health

Acronyms can be super-easy ways to remember healthy habits. Here are our FAVES for vibrant health!

Focus on Healthy Fats: Research has repeatedly demonstrated that fat is necessary for our health, particularly omega 3 fatty acids. Omega –3′s are an essential fatty acid, meaning our body cannot produce them on its own. These inflammation-fighting fats must be obtained from our diet. Two crucial ones, EPA and DHA, are primarily found in certain fish and pasture-raised beef. ALA, another omega–3 fatty acid that can be converted to EPA and DHA in the body, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. The benefits of omega–3s are well documented in the scientific literature. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet contains entirely too many Omega–6 fats from vegetable oils and processed foods. We want to have a 1:1 balance of omega–3’s to omega–6’s. Eating 2 decks of card-sized servings of fatty fish like salmon, lake trout,...

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