By Jennifer Regester, RD, CDN, CDE
Everyone knows that joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is great for the environment. It’s wonderful to help lessen the environmental pollution and so important to support local farmers. However, did you know that joining a CSA can be good for your health?
There are many health and nutritional benefits for members of a CSA. Here are my favorite top five “health-related” reasons to join a CSA:
- You learn where food comes from. No, the baby carrots don’t grow like that! It’s important to understand where “whole foods” come from. Usually foods in their natural form are the best for your health. Food from CSAs aren’t processed at ALL.
- You have the opportunity to eat vegetables and other food in season. This variety of delicious food will be filled with vitamins and minerals for your health. Whenever you eat produce that’s in season it tastes amazing and you’re so much more likely to get in your proper amounts of fruits and veggies per day.
- You know you will always have fresh veggies in your kitchen. The more likely you are to be surrounded by healthy food, the more likely you are able to stick to a healthy lifestyle plan.
- Expand your taste preferences! Do you ever catch yourself buying the same fruits and vegetables at the store? Joining a CSA will allow you to broaden your diet and eat fresh veggies you might not have bought at the store.
- You have the opportunity to meet like-minded healthy individuals and families. Joining a CSA can be a great resource to meet other health-conscious people in your area. Support is always key when maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Jennifer Regester is the owner of Eat With Knowledge, a nutrition counseling and consulting company. Please see www.eatwithknowledge.com for more information.