We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an essential part of our daily diet. Many people are now choosing locally grown when shopping for produce. This is good for the environment and the economy, and it’s also great for your health.
The key word in describing the health benefit of locally grown is “fresh.” Fruits and vegetables lose their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. Vitamins such as C, E, A, and B begin to deteriorate. Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes also contribute to a decrease in nutritional value.
Another health benefit to buying locally grown is that you are getting produce at its peak state. Local farms can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen longer or even fully ripen, which also adds to nutrition.
-Excerpt from ‘Down to Earth Organic & Natural’