Australian Healthy Eating – Seasonal Produce
Eating with the seasons, is an aspect of Australian Healthy Eating nearly forgotten! We can access tomatoes and cucumbers all year rounds, even though these foods, only grow naturally, in summer. Taking the lead and following nature is the way to go, when it comes to, what to eat and when. Certain foods grow in certain weather conditions, this means that we would not naturally have one particular food available to us all year round.
Listed below are all the reasons why this is beneficial to your health:
- Adds a variety of nutrients to the diet, as you are forced to stop eating one food and move to another
- Avoids overdosing on certain compounds in foods which taken for too long can become problematic eg oxalic acid found in spinach
- Foods eaten in their season taste better!
- Keeps whole food eating interesting to our palates.
- Specific issues such as extra inflammation from sugary fruits are compensated by the extra vitamin D you should also be getting from sun exposure because its summer.
Not sure what is in Season and when?
Here is the “General Australian Seasonal Produce Guide”
|Lemons||Autumn Winter Spring|
|Melons (Watermelon)||Summer Autumn|
|Oranges (Navel)||Winter Spring|
|Asparagus||Spring Summer Autumn|
|Beetroot||Spring Summer Autumn|
|Brussels Sprouts||Winter Spring|
|Cabbage||Spring Summer Autumn|
|Carrots||Summer Autumn Winter|
|Snow Peas||Summer Autumn|
|Spinach||Winter Spring Summer|
|Spring Onion||Summer Autumn|