Saturday, August 24, 2013

Does your fresh produce see the light of day?

Interesting study showing increased antioxidant activity in fruit and vegetables that are exposed to the normal Circadian rhythm of night and day - that means out of the dark cupboard and away from the cold refrigerator. Apparently this increased production in antioxidants happens around dawn and protects the fruit and vegetables from aphid attack at that time! Tested for their aphid-fighting chemicals (and their super-nutrition for humans) were cabbages, spinach, lettuce, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Yes I know, what happens before you put them in your fridge and what about the exposure to room temperature and natural light which inevitably means reduced shelf-life of fresh produce...

There’s one sure-fire way to ensure your fresh produce is as fresh as can be and choc-a-bloc with all those protective anti-oxidants and other nutritional factors! Start a kitchen garden! Everything you need to know from the ground up in Healthy Parents Healthy Baby and Healthy Parents Healthy Toddler. Getting kids involved is a wonderful way to teach them about the source of the things that they eat and to make sure they’re eating the widest possible variety of the healthiest possible things.

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