6 TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER QUALITY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
6 TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER QUALITY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Ideally only buy fruits and vegetables that are "organic", because fruits and vegetables that aren't grown organically are often sprayed with Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Larvicides, and Insecticides which are poisons that are designed to KILL living organisms that try to eat the fruits and vegetables that they are sprayed on.
Although you aren't likely to die from eating an apple that has been sprayed with pesticides the same way that an insect will it is important to know that these poisons have been linked to many health problems in humans ranging from cancer to birth defects, and in America alone over 1 BILLION POUNDS of pesticides are sprayed on our food supply every year!
The diet that I recommend is based on eating living foods, so eating foods that have been sprayed with a death agent is definitely not something that I would recommend!
If you think that it is a waste of time and money to seek out "organic" produce then I would agree with you if the only fruits and vegetables that you ever eat are the 2 slices of pickles that you get in a McDonald's cheeseburger, but if you are following the diet that I recommend and almost everything that you eat is a fruit or a vegetable then the quality of the produce that you are eating is going to be far more important.
- The fruits and vegetables in the produce section are usually weeks old.
- The fruits and vegetables in the frozen sections are usually months old.
- The fruits and vegetables in the canned food aisle are usually years old.
But the fruits and vegetables that you grow yourself can be as fresh as you want them to be. (You can even eat an apple while it's still on the apple tree if you want to!)
Even if you have a really small yard (or no yard at all) there are still a lot of foods that you can grow at home. (I've even seen where people living in apartments have lettuce growing on their living room walls sideways using hydroponics, so anything is possible if you have a strong enough desire to grow your own food!)
"Sprouts" are one of the easiest (and most nutritious) foods to grow so I recommend getting into Sprouting if you are wanting to start growing something yourself but you have no room and no experience with growing things.
To learn how to grow sprouts click HERE
These days there are very few fruits and vegetables that you can't find at the grocery store all year long.
Watermelon for example used to be a fruit that you could only buy in the summer time, but nowadays if you want to buy a Watermelon in the winter you can do it. However, these "Winter Watermelons" were grown in hot houses and they simply won't be as delicious or as nutritious as the Watermelons that were naturally grown outdoors during "Watermelon Season", and they will also cost about twice as much as Watermelons do in the summer time since it is more difficult to grow them when they are not in season.
It is always best to eat fruits and vegetables during their natural growing season, and although it's true that if you only eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season you might have to wait a long time for your favorite fruit or vegetable to come back in season, (Cherries for example are only in season during the month of June where I live) but the wait will make it all the more enjoyable once that season finally returns, and it will help you to learn to appreciate things more when they are here.
To learn the various seasons for fruits and vegetables click HERE
Why is it best to buy fruits and vegetables that are in their whole and natural state?
Let's look at "Apples" vs "Apple Juice" as an example...
When Apple growers sell their apples to grocery stores they sell them the best quality Apples that they have, and the lesser quality Apples (the ones that are sour, bruised, or over-ripe) often get sold to factories that will turn them into Apple Juice.
Because processed food factories use the lesser quality produce all factory made juices have to be pasteurized by law to kill off any harmful bacteria that could be in the juice, and the pasteurization process also destroys a lot of the nutritional value of the juice, and in the end the look and the taste of the juice has been altered so much that it doesn't even look or taste like Apple Juice anymore, so before they can sell it to the public they have to add sugar, food coloring, and artificial apple flavoring to it just to make it look and taste like Apple Juice.
If you take an Apple that is in it's whole and natural state you will know if it is going bad simply by looking at it, and even if you are blind you will still know that it is going bad as soon as you bite into it and your natural instinct is to immediately spit it back out. But if an Apple is going bad and it gets used to make Apple Juice, Apple Sauce, or Applebutter and it contains artificial colors and flavors to disguise it's true look and taste then how will you know?
One of the biggest problems with buying fruit at a grocery store is that most large scale fruit growers will pick their fruits when they are still unripe. (They do this because if they waited until their fruits were fully ripe to pick them most of their fruit would be "over ripe" by the time it reached the grocery stores which are often thousands of miles away.) So a lot of the fruit that is sold in grocery stores is going to be unripe.
So unfortunately a lot of people out there will try a new fruit for the first time without realizing that it is still unripe,
which results in them having a really bad first impression of that fruit and whenever someone offers them that fruit in the future they will immediately turn it down and say things like, "I tried Papaya once and I think it tastes like dirty socks!" and they don't realize that a Papaya that is actually ripe tastes like the frosting on a birthday cake!
It is important to understand that certain fruits will continue to ripen after they have been picked, while other fruits can only ripen while they are still on the tree or vine that they grow on. (For example: Fruits like Bananas and Avocados will continue to ripen after they have been picked, but fruits like Berries and Citrus Fruits will stop ripening as soon as they have been picked. So a green Banana can turn yellow and ripen on your kitchen counter, but a pale Strawberry will never turn red and ripen after being picked.)
As I mentioned before, fruit trees want us to eat their fruits, but they want us to eat their fruits when they are ripe
because that is when the seeds that are inside the fruit are fully developed and ready to be planted, so a fruit tree offers it's fruits to us only when the fruit is ripe...
- When fruits are unripe they are green like the leaves of the tree that they grow on, making them camouflaged and not easily found and eaten, and as the fruits ripen they becomes a lot more colorful so it will be easy for us to find and eat them.
- When fruits are unripe they are small and high up in the tree where it is hard for us to reach them, and as they mature and ripen they become bigger and heavier which causes the branches of the tree to hang lower, making it easy for us to reach them.
Learning how to tell if a fruit is ripe or not simply by looking at it, smelling it, or squeezing it is somewhat of an art form and will take time to master, but learning this skill will make a HUGE difference in your health, and it has never been easier now that you have "GOOGLE" at your fingertips.
One time I was at a grocery store and I noticed that the Cucumbers were from Mexico, the Avocados were from California, the Celery was from Texas, the Apples were from Washington DC, and the Kiwis were from New Zealand!
If you look at the longest living cultures on Earth and you try to figure out what their secret to longevity is you will find that not all of them eat the exact same diets (although they do tend to eat mostly plants) but what they do all have in common is that they eat the foods that grow in their local area.
If you don't grow your own food, the next best thing would be to buy your food from a local "Farmer's Market", which is a place where local farmers come together and sell their fruits and vegetables directly to the public. (There are no bar codes on the produce sold at "Farmer's Markets" because you are buying everything directly from the people who grew it and there is no need for all the "middle men".)
The produce at a "Farmer's Market" will usually have been picked within a few days and will usually have traveled less than 100 miles. Shopping this way supports local farming, is better for the environment, and can save you money. (Plus you can actually meet the farmers, ask them how they grow their produce, and "shake the hand that feeds you".)
To find out if there is a "Farmer's Market" in your area click To learn the various seasons for fruits and vegetables click HERE
For those of you who are living in a cold climate you will unfortunately have no real choice but to eat produce that isn't locally grown during the winter time when it is too cold for fruits and vegetables to grow in your area, but mark my words when I say that if you follow the diet and lifestyle that I recommend long term you will eventually develop an almost uncontrollable urge to re-locate to a warmer climate.
I personally ended up going to "Costa Rica" back in 2012 and I have been going there every winter so I can stay warm and eat lots of tropical fruits.
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