It’s no longer news that eating fresh food is “better” for you but, do you really know why? What’s the difference between a potato gotten from the grocery store and one grown in a garden or purchased at a local farmer’s market? And what really makes them a healthier choice? In truth, “Fresh” is better but, knowing exactly what you’re opting for is key. So, let’s take a step back, define “fresh,” and take a look at what you’ll be eating should you choose fresh foods.
Fresh food is food that has not been dried, smoked, salted, frozen, canned, pickled or preserved in any way other than being kept on a shelf. Sourced locally, fresh foods are able to retain their nutritional value and flavor while being thoughtfully prepared that very day. This simply means that the difference between a grocery-bought potato and a home-grown one is that the latter is healthier because it hasn’t undergone an artificial processing or long-term storage.
Yes, some may argue that fresh produce isn’t necessarily the healthiest way to go as there are negatives involved in eating fresh such as having a shorter shelf life and of course, the harmful pesticides and hormones used to grow them. But the truth is that while consumers at the risk of ingesting these chemicals used by farmers, these hard chemicals can be monitored locally making fresh foods the healthier way to go.
And, if you’re wondering why processed foods are far more popular than fresh foods, the answer is simple: Convenience. However, for every “all natural” label, there are twice as many (if not more) cheaper, more readily available options, and they come salted or pre-seasoned. But what is not highlighted by many food labels or manufacturers are all the hidden ingredients – from added sugar, sodium, and unpronounceable preservatives, to additives, flavouring, and colouring. Also, due to the need to extend shelf-life and reduce manufacturing costs, many lesser quality ingredients are often utilized – including those that are harmful to our health.
Nonetheless, if you’re in Lagos and you want to give fresh foods a try, the Farmer’s Market at the GTBank Food & Drink Fair is a perfect opportunity for you to opt for the fresh food experience.
In addition to the farmer’s market, there’ll be a plethora of exhibition and sales as well as culinary experiences such as food and wine tastings, cooking master classes with renowned International and Nigerian chefs, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment.
The exhibition will host more than 100 food exhibitors and over 200,000 guests at the at Plot 1, Water Corporation drive, Oniru, Victoria-Island, Lagos.
The event is open to all and attendance is FREE!