Why Buying Your Food Locally Can Be A Healthier Option
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Why Buying Your Food Locally Can Be A Healthier Option

Follow Us Eating healthy is one of the biggest modern day concerns, many are now looking at local stores and markets for their produce in an aim to improve their health. It has been found that the produce from local businesses is not only fresher but can be less expensive. There are some other benefits [...]

Eating healthy is one of the biggest modern day concerns, many are now looking at local stores and markets for their produce in an aim to improve their health. It has been found that the produce from local businesses is not only fresher but can be less expensive. There are some other benefits for eating locally too, you can learn about different fruits and vegetables, and support your local economy.

In this article we looked at some reasons why you should consider shopping locally for some of your food needs, as well as how to go about doing so.

Reasons to shop locally for food:

Many say that locally produced food is fresher, although there is no evidence to back this up. In some cases it might be better to buy imported products, as it could take days or weeks for produce to get from the farm to the store when it can be delivered almost anywhere in the world in less than a day with modern communication and transportation technologies.

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It can be cheaper too. If you are buying in quantity, local produce is cheaper, but if you are buying for one or two items, the cheaper price of imported food can be more beneficial. Local farms that produce organic food could also be charging a premium to cover the costs of their certification.

Local produce has been found to contain much more nutrients, and therefore be better for your health. One study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that fresh fruits and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than those from the supermarket. This study showed that even just one serving a day of fresh produce can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

In terms of food safety, locally produced food is often more up-to-date with regulations, and safer to eat when grown outside. Some farmers apply pesticides in direct contact with the produce or use chemicals specifically for killing insects. These products could be applied to imported produce but due to the lack of regulation it is not always known whether they are used or not.

Supporting your local economy is a good idea for many reasons. The money that you spend with local businesses will be spent in your community, leaving you with more money to spend on other goods and services. If you support local farmers then they will have an interest in looking after the area they live in, and so may be more environmentally friendly. If it’s possible, try to buy from small family run businesses as they will give a better service and support than the bigger chains.

How to go about shopping locally:

To cut out the cost of shipping produce from around the globe you can buy in bulk, although it might be cheaper to buy in small quantities. When buying produce for a large family or grocery shop, look at the local farmers markets as they are often cheaper than supermarkets. You should also look at finding a local butcher and fishmonger who will offer you good deals on food that you want to buy regularly. There are also books available that can give you advice on where to find cheap food.

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