·Fruit and Vegetables are the
best source of a range of micro nutrients.They provide us with fibre, vitamins and minerals.
·Dark, leafy greens have unique
properties which may help lower the risk of diabetes.
·Greens with darker leaves
generally contain more nutrients.
·Puha and watercress may be
especially good at fighting cancer.
·Over a third of New Zealanders
aren’t eating enough vegetables.
·The Ministry of Health
recommends we eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veges every day.Scientific studies suggest we should have
more like 7 to 9 servings of fruit and vegetables to get the true beneficial
·One serving of fruit or
vegetables is the amount you can fit in your own hand.
·If you don’t eat enough fruit
and veges you are putting yourself at risk of chronic diseases including heart
disease, cancer and diabetes.
·Carotenoids are fat soluble,
therefore salad dressing or another fat source such as meat or avocado should
enhance their absorption.
·To reduce bacteria on salad,
wash it before eating.
·Gases like nitrogen in bagged
salads make the lettuce breathe more slowly which means it won’t brown as
easily and will last longer.
·Instead of blanket spraying,
growers often use crop scouters who manually check for insect infestations and
·According to the Ministry for
Primary Industries, there are over 349 different types of chemicals used in NZ
·Dimethoate and Chlorpyrifos are
two organophosphate pesticides being used in New Zealand that the Pesticide
Action Group would like to see banned.
·MPI have found in their latest
study that residues of organophosphate pesticides found in our food are well
below acceptable daily intakes.
·Chlorpyrifos can bind to
enzymes and stay much longer in the body than other pesticides. However, it can
be peeled off vegetables and fruit.
·Many of the new pesticides are
known as systemic and are absorbed into the plant and therefore can’t be washed
·If a vegetable is still firm,
most of the nutrients will still be present, but limpness and yellowing
indicates that the nutrients are disappearing.
·Slimy salad leaves should also
be thrown out because bacteria thrive in wet conditions.
·Hydroponics is a method of
growing plants without soil using mineral nutrient water.
·Some plants contain natural
toxins that they use to protect themselves again insects and fungi. Some natural
fungicides may be more harmful than the ones farmers use.
·Experts believe the benefits of
eating salad are much greater than the risk of the pesticides or natural toxins