3 things you should know about your food

If you are as overwhelmed as I am by the sheer amount of information about food there is out there, you are not alone! All the scare exposés and articles warning us of the numerous unhealthy food choices we could make are well and good, but who really remembers it all?

So here are 3 of the most essential things you should know about your food.

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1. What’s In It?

Jamie Oliver once said that if the ingredients on the back of the packet looks like something from a science experiment, it’s a pretty good indication you might not want to eat it.

And it’s true! The truth is many of us just cannot/would not remember the encyclopaedia of additive names and how they affect us if consumed in excess. Sure, you can try, but it then takes you hours to read those labels and who has the time to spare?

A good guide is if it’s a packet of frozen peas, the ingredients should definitely say ‘peas’. If it has 10 other things listed along with it, perhaps you should examine another brand of peas.

And you cannot go wrong with more fresh foods.

2. Where Does It All Come From?

Where food comes from gives you a good indication on its quality and how it might have been processed.

The more miles your food has travelled to make it to your supermarket/grocer, the more likely that food would be harvested too early or processed to ensure it doesn’t rot to get to you.

3. When Stuff Is In Season

Knowing what fruits and vegetables are in season is to know when they are at the tastiest and cheapest!

For example, cherries from Australia are in season in December, whereas in the northern hemisphere they’re best in July. So if you’re in Australia and the shops are selling cherries from July to September, you can bet the cherries have either been flown in a very long way (massive carbon footprint) or they’ve been in cold store all that time and might not have the best flavour.

There are lots of websites and food magazines which regularly feature produce coming into season, so keep your eyes peeled. For Aussies, check out the SBS Food ‘What’s In Season‘ webpage.

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