What's in season in September?

Posted on September 01, 2014 by Toral Shah | 0 Comments

'Why should we eat more seasonal produce?' we hear you ask...

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There are two main reasons why we should try to eat more meat, fish, fruit and vegetables that are in season.

1. It's better for the environment

2. Nature grows certain fruit and vegetables that contains the nutrients your body needs at certain times of the year.

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'So, which foods are in season in September?'

'And why has nature provided us with these particular seasonal produce?' We'll tell you.

The main foods which are in season in September are:

Autumn Berries like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries

Why are they good for you?

Seasonal Autumn berries are high in vitamin A, which helps your eyes adjust to light and also maintains eye, skin and mucous membrane moisture. Berries like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries also contain high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which also helps to regulate circulation.

Figs

Why are they good for you?

Figs are high in vitamins A, E and K. Vitamin K helps to protect your immune system in winter and helps your body absorb calcium, which prevents bone weakness.

 

Apples

Why are they good for you?

Apples are an amazing source of Vitamin C, which helps the immune system protect your body against winter colds and flu. Apples are also full of soluble fibre, which reduces cholesterol. Eating apples when they are in season can also help detoxify your liver, which may prove helpful come Christmas time.

 

Seafood like coley, mackerel and lobster

Why are they good for you?

Seafood is abundant in beneficial nutrients like zinc and omega 3 fatty acids. Zinc is another immune system booster, which also regulates cell production and maintains muscles.Omega three is essential for brain function, and is thought to prevent depression.

 

Squash and pumpkin

Why are they good for you?

 

Seasonal vegetables like squash and pumpkin are extremely rich in antioxidants, potassium which maintains your body's fluid balance as well as your nervous and circulatory systems, and vitamin B6 which also helps your immune system. Finally, orange fruits and vegetables like seasonal squash and pumpkin contain beta carotene, which maintains eye health - pretty useful when the nights start to get darker in the Autumn months.

 

 

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