4 Reasons You Should Be Eating Seasonally18.03.22
Eating seasonal food isn’t a trend, it’s a way of life. Whether you want to do your bit to help the environment or save some money each week, eating seasonal produce can help you do both.
Here at KBK, we are committed to selecting seasonal ingredients so that your meals are of the highest standard, and we can give back to the local farmers and communities. Want to give it a go? Here are four reasons why you should consider eating seasonal produce:
- Help your local community
By choosing to eat seasonal food, not only will you be helping farmers across the UK, but you’ll be helping those closer to home in your local community. When you buy seasonal food, it brings money to the local farms, this money is then redistributed amongst the community. Farmers can sell their produce to local shops and restaurants which then brings about more jobs in the community.
As well as financially benefiting your community, it helps to provide green space for the area. This can be in the form of farmland for animals, or even vegetable gardens and community allotments.
- Save the planet
Have you ever thought about the negative impact your food might have on the planet? If you’re eating an item that comes from the other side of the world then the transportation from one continent to another has a huge carbon footprint. This can be greatly reduced by choosing to eat seasonal foods. If it has been produced in the UK it hasn’t had to undergo plane or boat trips to get to your supermarket.
- Save some pennies
With the price of food (and everything else) on the rise, making savings in any way possible is a blessing. Eating seasonal food also has some financial benefits. Local fruit and veg is cheaper to produce than foods that are out of season. This is because they won’t need to be grown in specific environments that do not match the season, therefore, there will be less costs on certain equipment and heating.
Transport is another factor to consider when thinking about the financial costs of food. If you’re eating products that aren’t in season in your area, that means they need to be transported in from another country. Not only does this have a negative impact on the environment, but the extra travel costs bump up the expense of the items.
- Seasonal ingredients taste better
If you’re eating food in season then it will be picked and consumed when ripe, as a result it’ll be full of flavour and pumped with nutrients. Usually if a food is in season, it will appear brighter, more colourful and plumper, the flavour and nutrient density will decrease over time. Foods picked locally haven’t had to endure transportation so the food isn’t as fresh on your plate.
Next time you head to the supermarket, or you’re choosing your meal prep, make sure you check which foods are in season. Not only will your meals taste fresh, but you’ll also be doing your bit to help the planet. Want to try some seasonal produce? Currently chicken and pork are in season, so you can try the jerk pork or chermoula chicken on our menu this week to taste the best quality ingredients.
by Eryn Barber
Eryn is a content writer who specialises in health and fitness articles. When she’s not writing, Eryn is helping people improve their strength and overall health as a Personal Trainer and is currently undertaking her Msc in Strength & Conditioning. You’ll usually find Eryn out on the trails running when she isn’t working.