Among the foods in season in September are grapes, a precious, tasty and healthy fruit. Here’s a list of seasonal fruits and vegetables to eat and buy this month.
Why it is so important to eat food rich in chlorophyll
Where there’s no light there’s no chlorophyll and where there’s no chlorophyll no vitamins are synthesised. This is only one of the virtues of this substance. Let’s discover the others.
Chlorophyll is the pigment that colour green the leaves of vegetables. It has the function of absorbing the sunlight (red, blue and violet radiation) in order to trigger the photosynthesis process, which is vital for the plant.
Its chemical formula is curiously very similar to that of hemoglobin, which is contained in our blood. They differ just for one substance: magnesium replaces iron in the chlorophyll.
But why is chlorophyll so precious for us? First of all, it’s thanks to it that when we eat green vegetables we feel a sense of freshness in our mouth. Then it has many “extra nutritional” properties: it is good to treat anemia, it purifies the blood, it tones the heart, it regulates cholesterol levels, it scars over, it disinfects and deodorises the skin, it neutralises the toxins and it regenerates the tissues.
Vegetables rich in chlorophyll include spinach, beet tops, broccoli, collard greens, Tuscan kale, dandelion, chicory, turnip greens, catalogna chicory, agretto and spirulina algae. It would be ideal to eat these vegetables raw or undercooked and to remember that thinly cut raw broccoli seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, salt and lemon are really tasty and easily digestible.
The vegetables that are grown in the shade (like radicchio, cardoon, celery and some types of lettuce) must be used in cooking with green vegetables: with this farming technique vegetables are grown in the dark in order to make their fibre more tender and crunchy. This process makes the vegetables be poorer in vitamins, because where there’s no light there’s no chlorophyll and where there’s no chlorophyll no vitamins are sinthesised.
So, green light with green vegetables and remember to go in for those with darker leaves that are really a great source of chlorophyll and vitality.
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