Monday, 24 September 2018

The Health Benefits Of Growing And Eating Your Own Food

It’s common in the modern world to go to the shop to do all your grocery shopping. After all, we often feel we need everything quickly and it’s the most convenient way to get all the food you need in a short space of time. However, it’s worth considering growing your own food at home. For one thing, it’s a great way to save some money on your grocery shopping and you can grow lots of fruit and vegetables for your family without spending hardly anything. Growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables is also a great learning experience for your child. In fact, you will find that it can make them more interested in eating the produce if they have helped nurture and care for the plants themselves.

Another benefit is that you can also sell food you have grown yourself to friends and neighbours making some extra money for your family. Moreover, there are many health benefits to growing and eating your own food as we all know. 

Here are just a few benefits you need to know about growing and eating your own food.

It’s full of essential nutrients as it’s fresh and new


When you go to the grocery store to buy your food, you will likely pick up items that have sat on the shelf for several days. In fact, they will have been through a whole production line of being packaged and delivered to the store before you even have had a chance to buy it. Also, food that is imported may have many air miles before they reach the store, consequently, it won’t be as healthy as fresh food that you have picked yourself. Fresh fruit and veg also tastes amazing and so much better when fresh.

On top of this, fruit and veg you have picked that day is full of essential nutrients which might be lost when sat in a grocery store. If you want to grow your own fruit and veg consider getting a domestic polytunnel which you can get from sites like First Tunnels. That way, you can start making fresh food as soon as possible.


You can ensure your crops are exactly how you want them


When you buy fruit and vegetables from the supermarket, you will find that they have been through a long journey to get to the store. You have no idea of what they might have encountered on the way to the grocery shop. Therefore, your family might be tucking into items which have an array of pesticides and fertilisers you might not know about. If you grow and eat your own produce, you can ensure they are exactly how you want them. 

As this article from Nationwide explains, making your own produce means you control the fertilizer, water and pest control that is used. That way, you can ensure it’s as healthy as possible for your family and you don’t have to worry about what it has been through before it reaches your plate. You will have confidence that you are providing your family with the healthiest food possible.

You will cut out the junk food from your life


When you have the opportunity to grow your own food you will be less likely to make that extra stop for groceries, and thus cutting down the temptation to buy unhealthy food. You will also be less likely to spend on frozen meals and high-fat products meaning you could potentially cut your calorie intake and may lose weight. When you make your own food, it gives you more knowledge and helps you to make better food choices like this article says by Harvard University.

As you can see, growing your own food has many benefits. Let me know if you do grow your own or are interested in doing so.

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6 comments

  1. We love to grow our own food. In fact when we lived in New Zealand I owned a massive veggie patch with everything you can think of and we lived off it! It was amazing!

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  2. I don't think that growing your own food means it is healthier, but I think it is a great way to make children interested and involved in food. It might make them more interested in trying new veggies too.

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    1. Over time heat, light and oxygen can affect the nutrients in fruit and vegetables so freshly picked is desirable although there are processes that can decline the nutrient loss

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  3. Oh yes - I've family who grown their own veg and it always seems tastier than shop bought. :)

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  4. We love growing our own - this year we have done potatoes and peas as well as some herbs and it's so satisfying and also a great learning process

    Laura x

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