I’ve always heard the interpretation of eating foods “in their season” to be loosely understood as including canned and frozen foods too. I think there’s something to say about eating foods actually in the season in which they grow. We tend to consider the body’s nutritional needs on a 24-hour cycle, but it may be more of an annual cycle. In each season of the year, our body’s needs differ. When are oranges (which are high in vitamin C and have strong antibacterial properties in the rind) in season? During the time of year when colds and flus tend to be in more abundance. That’s just one example, but I wonder how much better our health would be if the fruits and vegetables and plants we consumed were what was actually in season.
I think it’s a jump to conclude that fruits, vegetables and grains are herbs. Webster defines herbs very specifically as soft stem plants that die to the root annually. When Webster claims it comprehends all plants, he means the “whole plant”. Herbs are plants. He didn’t mean fruit trees (which are plants). Trees are not herbs! Vines are not herbs! Grains are not herbs. So when Webster says plants he means the whole plants which are used for culinary purposes. Grasses are a good example of an herb.
I have been thoroughly enjoying these articles. I have a need to lose weight and have decided on green smoothies. While pondering these articles a thought came to my mind: TEETH! Look at the teeth of all herbivores. The are made for grinding plants. The teeth of carnivores are for ripping and shredding. We have teeth most like those of herbivores ....
Jane Birch has done it again. Inspiring and spot on ... Colin T. Campbell has said, "Not only is a whole food, plant based diet the healthiest way of eating that has ever been studied, it's more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation and genetic manipulation."
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