Health Benefits of Growing Your Own Fresh Produce
As I was writing a GMO-Free Shopping Guide for you, I thought it would be great to talk about the many great benefits of growing fresh produce to get your interest going.
There are many reasons people choose to grow their own fruits and vegetables at home, from saving money to having access to produce without chemicals. There also happen to be quite a few health benefits to choosing fresh produce, especially when you grow it yourself. Here are some health benefits to keep in mind.
It is Loaded With Nutrients
Fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, and herbs, have tons of nutrients. Many of these are considered superfoods, which have a higher amount of vitamins and minerals. Some good superfoods are blueberries, kale, spinach, and strawberries. All fruits and veggies have a lot of nutrients you want, which are a higher amount with fresh produce. This includes vitamins C and A, vitamin D, folate, potassium, fiber, and lots of antioxidants.
You Can Prepare Well Balanced Meals
Thanks to the nutritious fresh produce and the convenience of having them at home, you can also use them to prepare healthier, more balanced meals. This is an excellent health benefit as your family might be struggling with malnutrition without even realizing it. Sure, you might be eating enough food, but not the right foods. Having fruits and vegetables right in your own backyard encourages you to prepare more of these balanced meals for the good of your family’s health. I share healthy recipes in my upcoming Clean Eating Plan guide.
Gardening is Good Exercise
Growing fresh produce in your backyard is great exercise and good for your health. It helps you burn calories, be more active, and can even get your kids involved. Plus, don’t forget that when you are outside more often by planting your veggies and herbs, you are going to get more vitamin D from the sunlight. This helps to prevent vitamin D deficiency, which is common for many people. Try to get everyone in the family involved in growing your own food and you will all benefit from it.
You Won’t Have Nasty Chemicals
Growing your own produce means you have full control of what is added to it. You can avoid harsh fertilizers in the soil and use pest control methods that are completely natural without chemicals in them. This is the same thing you get from buying organic produce, but when you grow it on your own, you have the convenience factor and save money at the same time. Less chemicals is always a good thing when you are feeding your family more fruits and veggies.
My next article will go over tips for beginners and those starting their first produce garden!