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30/08/2016 8:00 PM AEST | Updated 02/09/2016 12:45 AM AEST

Eating Ugly Produce Might Actually Be Better For Your Health

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

Trendy ugly organic carrot from home garden bed on barn wood table, Australian grown. Color-toning effect applied.
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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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