Why fresh food is the ultimate supplement
From crisp leafy greens, tender and lean meats, to juicy citrus fruits and iron-rich grains – there is no doubt that fresh is best when it comes to our food. We’d argue that fresh produce is in fact the ultimate supplement. Here, we dissect the benefits of the fresh food revolution.
Platter full of nutrients
A balanced diet which contains a variety of fresh foods such fruits, vegetables, fish and wholegrains is integral to one’s inner health. Experts agree that the best way to absorb the nutrients we need is through food. Unlike single-nutrient supplements, fresh food offers a healthy cocktail of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients which work together to ensure the body is functioning optimally.
Savour the moment
When you go to a seafood restaurant and bite into that first mouthful of pan-seared salmon, you KNOW when that fish is fresh – and it is such a memorable moment! Fresh food is all about providing quality taste and enjoyable experiences spent with family and friends. Sure, a supplement tablet might be the faster option, but where is the fun in that? Whether it’s a chef-made meal or homecooked cuisine, fresh produce is the ultimate ingredient to tantalise the tastebuds.
Save your pennies
Incorporating fresh food into your daily diet is a far more affordable option than adding supplements. Fresh produce is often very well priced at your local farmers market, greengrocer or fishmonger. Some supplements on the other hand are an expensive added cost.
Cook your way to health
Organising your meals for the week? Take this handy list with you to ensure your trolley is full of nutrient-dense produce.
|Vitamin B||Lean beef, turkey, tuna, sunflower seeds, spinach and other
leafy greens, eggs
|Vitamin D||Salmon, tuna, lean beef, vitamin D-fortified milk and yogurt,
fortified orange juice, egg yolk
|Iron||Liver, oysters, lean beef, chickpeas, beans, lentils, and sesame seeds|
|Magnesium||Spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables; unrefined grains;
|Calcium||Dairy products, fish such as salmon and sardines, and dark, leafy greens.|
Since the dawn of time, fresh food has given beings the sustenance needed to evolve and become stronger both mentally and physically. Sometimes, going back to basics is all we need to remind ourselves that fresh is best!
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