It is clear that there are lots of benefits to growing your own veggies. You can eat more healthily, because you have fresh produce every day that you know exactly what it has been fed on and treated with, and you have usually got some extra stuff left over after feeding your family that you can share with friends.
Okay… not “shit”… but I meant “cool!” Going green and eating green foods is definitely cool. But it doesn’t have to be hard to eat food that is free of chemicals and poisons. Being green has come to mean many things, but for most, it stands for reducing your footprint upon the earth, therefore eating green means to make sure the food on your table didn’t travel too far to get to you.
But are hot peppers actually good for you? Something so hot, even dangerously hot to some, is bound to raise questions. Hot peppers are actually good for us. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, the component that actually makes hot peppers hot. Capsaicin has been linked to numerous health benefits.
To me, there are two sides of “healthy eating.” One side is about making sure that you’re getting the proper nutrients – vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, iron, and all the rest. But the other side has to do with the idea of environmental health: when we eat healthy, we’re not only concerned with our own health, but that of the world around us.
Local food is generally healthier since it doesn’t contain unnecessary preservatives; meat, poultry, vegetables and fruits are also cared for much more intently on small-sized local farms. We, as consumers, can buy fresh, healthy foods and save the environment from the green house gases by buying locally grown produce.
An alarming video captured by the Humane Society of the United States showed workers at a meatpacking company forcefully moving sick animals for slaughter. This not only broke animal cruelty laws, but it also raised a health hazard for those who consume beef.
If you’re strapped for time and cash (who isn’t these days), but you’d still like to eat organic and support your local farmers, check out farm-share opportunities near you. For decades, farmers have shared their crops and costs with co-op members. Buying direct from the farm cuts the cost of middle men and limits your food’s time from being picked to being enjoyed.