The winter denounces on your health secretly, but you can outsmart the common cold in the kitchen. Here is a list of food items, if clearly avoided during winters, will render you the flu and cold free winters.
- Cayenne Pepper
People generally tend to run towards spicy food during cold weather just clear their stuffy sinuses, but they are wrecked havoc after that.
Peaches are at their prime—juicy and deliciously sweet—in summer, but they practically disappear after August. If you find the fuzzy fruit in winter, chances are it’s shipped.
Though asparagus is available year-round, it’s in prime in spring when spears are firm and tasty. Winter asparagus shipped from Peru and China can be limp and woody in comparison.
- Corn on the cob
If you do find it anywhere during winters, just remember it will either be frozen or even leftover from the previous season. The long haul from Mexico can turn cobs starchy, practically with no health benefits.
Winter strawberries are pale in comparison to their scarlet-hued summer counterparts. And it’s well-known fact that the more colour, the higher the phytonutrient content. Vitamin C is also lost in transit and storage. So, avoid your favourite berry to tackle the drop in the temperature.
Milk and products of milk like cheese, butter and other dairy products can cause increased congestion in the nose, throat & chest.
Not only does the price of fresh blueberries skyrocket in winter, but the long haul from farm to fridge degrades vitamin C and could mean moldy berries, not fit for consumption.
- Bagged greens
The zapped greens lose as much as 50% of their Vitamin C during winters in transit. Though they are convenient with lower Vitamin C to offer they only degrade your health. Rather, try seasonal dark greens like kale, Swiss chard, and escarole during this winter.
Out-of-season produce is shipped over long distances from farms in different climates with different growing seasons. As the fruits and vegetables make their long journey, their natural sugars begin to break down, sacrificing flavor. Vitamins and minerals also disappear in the process of shipping, so out-of-season produce is actually less nutritious than its in-season counterparts.
WRITTEN BY: ASTHA KRISHNA
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