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Advantages of consuming seasonal fruit

Consuming seasonal fruits has benefits for your health, the environment and sustainable development

In any healthy diet, fruit is an  indispensable  component. The second of the Sustainable Development Goals -zero hunger- recognizes the importance of extending a good diet to all corners of the globe, and fruit plays an essential role in this. While it is possible to find almost any type of fruit at almost any time of year in many geographical areas of the planet, it is always preferable to consume seasonal fruit.

4 advantages of consuming seasonal fruit

There are several reasons why it is better to include seasonal fruit in our diet:

  1. It contributes to the sustainability of the food system because it reduces the energy consumption and generates less carbon dioxide emissions since it is not necessary to transport it from distant cultivation areas.
  2. It respects the natural cycle of production as it is more ecological and respectful with the environment.
  3. It also has a better taste because it was not grown in a greenhouse, where fruits lose some of their flavor.
  4. By buying seasonal fruit from your area you are collaborating with local trade and therefore generating wealth in your nearest environment.

Reasons why we consume fruit

According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), "some of the world’s most widespread and debilitating nutritional disorders, including birth defects, mental and physical retardation, weakened immune systems, blindness, and even death, are caused by diets lacking in vitamins and minerals. Low fruit and vegetable intake is a major contributing factor to such micronutrient deficiencies.”

There are multiple benefits of eating fruit in abundance (the recommended amount is between two and three pieces a day):

- They provide a great variety of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C.

- They represent a quick source of hydration.

- They positively influence the functioning of the digestive system.

- Due to their diuretic nature, they facilitate the purification of the organism.

- They lack fat, except avocados and coconuts, which provide beneficial oils.

- They contain natural antioxidants.

In order to be informed about when we should consume each kind of fruit (optimal consumption moment) we have created this infographic:

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Antonio Mazzei

We support the consumption of seasonal in our Melbourne office on a daily basis. We thank our administration staff for providing this service. Thank you

Abhishek Kumar rao

Seasonal fruits consumption is need of time to reduce total carbon foot print of fruits. Also whole fruits should be consumed instead of processed fruits drinks which are full of scams I think. Thanks for this interesting article.