Did you know that ugly fruits are more nutritious? By reading this you will give them a second chance.
We always get carried away by the first impression, we judge by appearance no matter what's on the inside. You will probably deny it, but I bet you when you go to the supermarket you reject fruits and vegetables with scars or defects, in other words, ugly fruits and vegetables!
But you are not alone, many people prefer that they look from the catalog, without signs of lumps, bruises, imperfections or bruises.
However, I will tell you about the advantages of consuming this "ugly food". So you could give it a second chance.
1. You Avoid Food Waste
Supermarkets have very strict specifications when it comes to displaying fruits and vegetables. If the size, color and shape of the fruit or vegetable do not meet certain criteria, it is simply thrown away. This is a serious problem, as it contributes to food waste in the world.
It is incredible that discrimination is now found even in the potato ... literal!
But consider the sad data we have today: A third of the food produced in the world is never consumed because of its appearance.
This equates to 70 billion (70 billion) pounds of agricultural products wasted each year in the US and 2.9 billion (2.9 trillion) pounds worldwide.
Meanwhile, there are approximately 800 million (800 million) people who suffer from hunger. Just 2.9 billion pounds is enough to feed these people more than twice!
Faced with this unfortunate situation, ugly fruits and vegetables end up in landfills. It's sad, don't you think?
2. You avoid Global Warming
The worst of it is that when they begin to decompose in landfills, fruits and vegetables produce methane, a substance that contributes to global warming.
For example, in the United Kingdom, the production of vegetables rejected for their appearance represents 39% of the total food waste generated in that country.
That is equivalent to 17 million tons of carbon dioxide, this is the same effect that produces the annual carbon footprint of 1 in 4 cars. It's a shame not to choose the imperfect manzanitas!
3. You miss out on antioxidant foods
Additionally, we are not only affecting the environment and contributing to food waste. When we reject these ugly fruits and vegetables we are also ditching foods high in antioxidants.
I am specifically referring to antioxidants as phytochemicals contained within these ugly fruits and vegetables that protect us against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and even multiple sclerosis.
And if you thought that those apples that you select in the order have better properties, as they are all round and perfect. You're wrong!
Research has found that scarred apples have concentrated levels of phytochemicals. These scars are caused by the fungus "Venturia inaequalis", better known as apple scab.
This fungus affects the appearance and possibly the shelf life, but it does not produce toxins or affect the taste of apples, making them safe for human consumption.
The concentration of natural antioxidants is what protects apples from this fungus. They are like super powerful apples! (Even if they don't look like Wonder Woman).
4. Avoid Pesticides
On the other hand, it may be that ugly fruits and vegetables are much more organic than pretty ones. Consider that one of the reasons farmers use pesticides in their agriculture is because they help reduce cosmetic damage.
But if farmers do not use pesticides, we would have fruits and vegetables with more nutrients than beautiful on the outside.
One study found that organic produce contains higher levels of phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonoids, and anthocyanins, compared to non-organic ones. These compounds, with almost unpronounceable names, help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
It is very important to recognize that although they may look ugly, they are just as delicious and nutritious as the others.
If you see ugly fruits and vegetables the next time you go to the supermarket, buy them as a way to reduce food waste in the world and to increase the level of phytochemicals in your diet. However, if you plan to chop, cook, or mash these fruits and vegetables, the appearance will not matter!
Did you know that the color of the fruit determines its benefits? Use this mini guide to choose the fruit: The Secret Behind The Color Of Fruits