How healthy is your body really?
Why? Well, if you are healthy maybe the scrape from your leftovers are in your caddy and the chances are you helped to grow those vegetables.
That’s right but food scraps you put in your caddy are used to magically grow more mouth-watering plants. It’s like being some kind of wizard of vegetables.
From spuds to sprouts
Lots of vegetables are grown on Northern Ireland’s farms. Each has its own health benefits to offer but there are some that top the list when it comes to boosting our bodies, according to nutritionist Jane McClenaghan.
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach. Low in calories and packed with nutrients like magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C and K.
- Brassicas like Cabbage and Brussels sprouts are full of folate that helps support liver detoxification. These green vegetables pack an antioxidant punch.
- Orange-coloured veg like carrots. Carrots are a source of beta-carotene and lutein, thought to boost vision. Perhaps they really can help us see in the dark!
While your healthy body is absorbing the nutrients in these vegetables, the leftovers or peelings should be thrown into your food caddy where they will be collected and turned into organic fertiliser. This is then spread on farmland to help grow a new crop.
So the next time you’re enjoying Sunday lunch, you can tuck into the vegetables on your plate and know that they were nurtured by you. It’s the best excuse to enjoy a roast dinner ever and feel healthy at the same time.
The infographic below explains in stages how the waste in our food bin is turned into a fresh crop of vegetables and illustrates how healthy you are from farm to fork.
To find out in more detail how your food scraps are turned into organic fertiliser, watch this short animation: