The Preventative Nature of Quality Produce
We are all in the power position when it comes to making healthy choices about the food we we eat. While genetic predispositions are unavoidable, we all have options to mitigate our risk factors and seek a healthier lifestyle. One thing is clear, if we make informed choices, we have the ability to positively impact our overall health and longevity.
There is hardly a better motivator than a long, healthy life but in case you needed a reminder, cancer, heart disease and diabetes are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, nearly half of all cancer cases and deaths are linked to “lifestyle risk factors such as excess weight, poor diet, and physical inactivity.” To mitigate your risk, add variety to your routine with colorful fruits and vegetables in combination with regular physical activity. No one food can cure cancer, but eating wisely and being in tune with your body’s needs for organic, fresh, locally-sourced foods can leave a lasting impact on our health and wellbeing.
The good news? These are factors within our control. Taking advantage of quality, fresh, organic produce is just one way to mitigate a potential risk and research shows that a diet filled with a variety of vegetable and fruits, whole grains, beans and other plant foods can lower risk for many cancers, heart disease and diabetes.
Jubilee Organics offers an easy way to add more plant-based nutrients to your meals. It is a healthy choice made simple. Our savory soups and sauces offer minerals and phytochemicals to ease the digestive process and alkalize the lymphatic system. Our Healing Greens and Cleansing Jambalaya are excellent sources of plant protein and an easy way to add more essential nutrients to your diet.
Year round citrus fruits offer cancer fighting flavonoids that lower the odds of lung, stomach, colon and breast cancers. Leafy green such as spinach and kale are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that protect both heart and eye health and can be found in our Southern Greens & Peas. Broccoli can help lower insulin levels, reduce cholesterol, and improve blood sugar and heart disease risk factors. Strawberries are low sugar fruits that have strong anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce heart disease risk. Try red peppers, oranges, kiwi and Swiss chard, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots to keep your heart healthy. If you are looking for an easy to digest recipe, try our Sweet Potato Chili or our Healing Greens to maximize your nutrient intake.
Fruits and vegetables are simplicity defined. Uncomplicated and pure, fruits and vegetables continue a cycle that nature sets in motion and from the purest of dirt offers up the powers of prevention and healing.
Common sense tells us to include fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack. However, this isn’t always as simple as it may seem. Sometimes, foods that are promoted as “good for us” and “all natural” are actually watered down by-products of the whole foods we all crave for optimal health. Big name juice companies who have marketed “healthy, natural or organic” products have been found to have heavy doses of added sugars, flavor packs, and most recently heavy metals. Taking responsibility for what we eat means looking to quality, organic foods that are grown in local soil. Opting out of the industrial food system and finding local, organic food sources allows you to place your trust in the local farmer who is open and transparent about how he or she grows and harvests the food you eat.
Locally sourced food has not been treated, tampered with or transported. Your produce may have had to travel from a local field to your local Farmer’s Market and there you can see and smell the freshness and ask the farmer about his soil or growing techniques. You can ask what and when their next harvest will be. That level of connection to our food source is an empowering choice to make when trying to live your healthiest life.
Remember, adding quality produce to your diet is just one step in mitigating risk of disease. Many of us live too sedentary a lifestyle and a weekly trip to a local market sure sounds like a good habit to either start or continue. Stroll those aisles and take in the sights, sounds and smells of your community. Schedule a visit to your local farm, creamery or dairy to get a first hand look at what the local farming process looks like. Add some color to your plate and buy local, organic produce and meet the farmers who can tell you so much about the food they grow. While statistics and health studies can point us in the right direction, the choice to eat better and live better lie in our hands alone. Refuse to put your health on the back burner and have faith in the medicinal nature of locally grown produce.