Eating Ugly Produce Might Actually Be Better For Your Health

Turns out there's nutrition in all those knobby features.

30/08/2016 8:00 PM AEST | Updated 02/09/2016 12:45 AM AEST
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Trendy ugly organic carrot from home garden bed on barn wood table, Australian grown. Color-toning effect applied.

The world has long shunned cosmetically-challenged foods, but we’re living in a time when there’s a strong movement to change the way we look at our knobby produce. If you’re a conscious supporter of the food waste movement, that’s great. But there may be another reason to embrace ugly produce: it can taste better and might be healthier for you, too. 

Orchardist Eliza Greenman has found that blemished fruit can taste sweeter, with a higher sugar content of about 2 to 5 percent. And a study in 2010 found that the scars and blemishes that define ugly produce ― which is a sign of their fight for survival ― have more nutrients and antioxidants. The folks at Grubstreet have made a great animated video to explain it all. Watch:

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