ANDERSSON'S FRUIT MARKET: Abigail gives her piece on the importance of using fresh produce to stay healthy.
ANDERSSON'S FRUIT MARKET: Abigail gives her piece on the importance of using fresh produce to stay healthy.

HEALTH: 'Vegetables are a preventative medicine'

IT CAN be a challenge to stay healthy over winter.

Whether it's too cold to head to the gym or you end up being the victim of winter's flu season, it's quite common to feel like you've gotten into an uncontrollable slump.

However, there is one thing that you can control, and that's what kinds of food you're eating.

According to Abigail Andersson, the owner of Andersson's Fruit Market, controlling what you eat is an important step towards staying healthy.

"We always tell our customers the easiest way to tell if you aren't eating enough fruit and vegetables is if you look at your plate and it's all the same colour," she said.

"They might all be healthy vegetables, but you won't be getting the range of nutrients you need. We always say people should eat the rainbow, and make sure what you're eating is in season."

Mrs Andersson said her produce comes in twice a week from markets, where they always buy to the season.

"We get all the fruit and vegetables at their peak for a family budget. We all have families, so we understand the importance of these prices," she said.

"If it's too dear, we won't buy it, because we buy for our community."

Whether you're fit and slim, this doesn't mean you have a get-out-of-jail free card when it comes to not eating your vegetables.

"If you look into the science of it, you can't out train a bad diet. If you're working out every single day but still eating rubbish, you'll become what you eat," she said.

"We still stock dark chocolate and things that are treats, but it's about finding that balance."

Mrs Andersson said it's important to get in the necessary fibre and anti-oxidants found in a lot of this sort of produce.

"From anti-oxidants to vitamins and fibre, fruit and vegetables are a preventative medicine," she said.

"Just from being awake, your body uses a lot of energy, so you need to make sure to put the nutrients back in."