Raised Garden Beds in Perth Can Help You Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recognises that obesity rates nationwide continue to rise. Clearly, many Aussies need to start living healthier lives. A good way to do so is to incorporate more fibre in their daily diet.
There is recent science to back this up. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that adults who ate 30 grams of fibre daily for a year saw a vast improvement in their health. Consuming the daily recommended intake of 25 to 30 grams of fibre daily can reduce the risk of colon cancer and other digestive tract diseases.
Dietary fibre is abundant in most fruits and vegetables. The type of fibre present in produce is soluble, meaning it dissolves in water to form a kind of thick gel in the intestines. This reaction induces a feeling of fullness, which aids weight control. Other than increased satiety, the effects of soluble dietary fibre intake include better resting energy expenditure and well-regulated blood sugar levels.
Although Perth’s arid climate seemingly makes it less suitable to grow certain kinds of vegetables, Gardening Australia says a number of fibre-rich vegetables can be grown in this area, namely broccoli, squash, eggplant, carrot, and mustard greens. In terms of their fibre content, here’s what you need to know:
- Broccoli – 5.1 grams per cup, boiled
- Squash – 16 to 17 grams per cup, depending on variety
- Eggplant – less than 3 grams per cup, cubed
- Carrot – 5 grams per cup, cooked
- Mustard greens – 5 grams per cup, cooked
Nothing says home cooked better than home grown vegetables, made possible by raised garden beds in Perth. With your own backyard veggie garden, you can be sure that the greens on your table are grown as naturally as possible without any nasty pesticides and poisons. You can also reduce your grocery expenses, cut your carbon footprint, and look forward to having vegetables that retain their natural taste and nutritional value.
Raised garden beds are also today’s answer to vegetable gardening amidst shrinking lot sizes. In 2013, the average Perth block shrank to 415 square metres, with most new homes built on less than half that area. Fortunately, quality raised garden beds manufactured utilising premium products such as ZINCALUME® make it possible to grow a garden even on a fully paved lot.
Growing your own vegetables may require some effort on your part, but you can derive a certain sense of accomplishment knowing that you get to grow what you eat, for a change. In addition, you stand to reap certain long-term health and financial benefits. With quality Perth garden beds from companies like Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
(Source: The one food that can help you lose weight, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2015)