It’s time to slip on your sweaters and hit your local market for the fall season. Every year, Americans celebrate fall traditions with apple or pumpkin picking. These fall traditions bring people together and encourage locals to buy from a market rather than a supermarket. At E. Armata Inc, located at the Hunts Point Produce Market, we want you to find nature’s perfect snack. Most of us pick up produce for the fall fun, but did you know buying from your local market has many benefits? Eating fresh veggies and fruits can help us maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some other facts about produce:
- Apples can give you more energy than coffee: Consider replacing your morning cup of joe with an apple. Apples are packed with high amounts of nutrition that can keep you energized throughout the day. They are rich in carbohydrates, which most people think you can only find in bread or pasta. Carbohydrates are fuel for the brain, which breaks down into a sugar called glucose, giving you energy for the rest of the day.
- Pumpkins and other produce can keep you hydrated: When the body gets dehydrated, we can get headaches, muscle aches, low blood pressure, and more. Pumpkins are 94 percent water, which is higher than the amount of water in watermelon. Other hydrating produce are strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, and cucumbers.
- The skin on a fruit or vegetable has the most nutrition: Produce like apples, carrots, and cucumbers lose their nutritional value when you peel off the skin. Most produce have large amounts of fiber-packed in the skin, which can benefit your digestive health. However, other produce like oranges, watermelon, and avocados need to be peeled. Still, their rinds or skin are packed in nutritional value.
- Fall colors say a lot more than you think: Bright orange, red, dark greens, and even some purple vegetables can be packed with healthy nutrition. When carrots or pumpkins are bright orange, this tells us that they’re an excellent source of Vitamin A. Another example is dark green lettuce leaves, which are more nutritious than the lighter colored ones. Purple produce are also known for having cancer-fighting properties.
At E. Armata Inc, located at the Hunts Point Produce Market, we want you to stay informed about seasonal fruits and vegetables. Call us today or visit our market located in Bronx, New York to learn more about the benefits of produce!