Fruits and greens

Green is good. And rewarding. Eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health, and by making the right choices, you can even do the environment a favour.

The Swedish National Food agency recommends 500 grams of fruit and greens for your health. Fruits and greens contain fibres and vitamins that help build your body and strengthen your immune system. Green vegetables and legumes, such as beans and lentils, are particularly nutritious.

However, fruits, berries, vegetables and legumes have different environmental impacts depending on how and where they are grown. Transportation plays a role, as does whether they were grown in high energy consumption greenhouses. Longer transportation distances often cause more greenhouse gas emissions than shorter distances, but the method of transportation is also of significance (such as by sea or by road).

Coarse vegetables can also be stored longer than more sensitive vegetables, such as tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. The better the potential for storage, the less the risk of waste. Fruits, berries and greens are sprayed with pesticides precisely so that they will keep fresh longer.

So choose the organic alternatives to avoid the chemicals that conventional fruits and vegetables are sprayed with. You will simultaneously be contributing to a toxin-free environment.

That fruits and vegetables are the food that we throw away the most of? Even grocery stores say that customers pass over, for example, a red bell pepper that has become a bit shrivelled or and apple with so-called “slips”. These goods, however, are fully edible and taste fine, particularly if they are organic.

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