In Season this month – August
Aubergine, beetroot, cherries, broccoli, courgettes, garlic, mangetout, mushrooms, spring onions, raspberries, tomatoes
Purple foods from nature contain important anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory compounds. It is one of the ‘rainbow’ colours that people often eat less of and it is important to try to add this colour into your diet on a daily basis as these compounds are also good for the brain.
This month aubergines are in season and as well as the benefits listed above they are :
- Excellent source of dietary fibre.
- Good source of vitamin B1 and B6
- High in potassium, magnesium and manganese
- Rich in antioxidants
Aubergines are part of the nightshade family, which for some people may cause digestive disturbances. Due to the high oxalic acid content, it should be avoided by those with arthritis and kidney stones.
Other nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, bell peppers and some potatoes.
Every year the Environmental Working Group produce a Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list. Eating organic food is recommended when you can, but looking at this list can help you identify the worst and the least contaminated fruits and vegetables.
For more information check out their website www.ewg.org