All too often, people discard healthy foods that are best left out of the trashcan because when food decomposes it creates methane gas. In large amounts, methane can affect the oxygen you breathe and result in suffocation that brings on symptoms like abnormal breathing, an upset stomach and unconsciousness. A high level of methane is also capable of causing death. When landfills fill up with decomposed matter like food, the amount of methane produced increases. The danger of a fire or explosion increases as well.
The following is a list of foods people commonly toss in the garbage. Included in this list are the health benefits these foods possess and simple ways to include them in your diet. If any of these foods have made their way to your pail in the past, try incorporating them into your meals when you have them in your home to reduce the amount of methane gas in the air.
Potato skins add fiber to your meal, and they hold in all of the potato’s important vitamins and minerals – one of which is potassium. When you cook potatoes, leave the skin on and eat the whole potato. Besides saving the planet, you save yourself work by not skinning spuds.
Beet Greens are leafy greens that grow out of the tops of beets. They are a rich source of minerals and vitamin A, a vitamin that supports eye health. You can prepare beet greens by sautéing them with chopped garlic in extra virgin olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper for additional flavor. Another delicious way to cook beet greens is to sauté them with chopped garlic in sesame oil. Add a dash or two of teriyaki sauce to give them a tasty Asian flavor.
Celery is a good source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C, including the leaves. To get more of these nutrients and the most for your money, eat the leaves as well as the stalk. Add celery leaves to soups and salads for heightened flavor.
Carrots provide you with beta-carotene, and even more of this nutrient when carrots are not peeled. Since beta-carotene is a form of vitamin A it can be counted as a healthy eye nutrient. If someone in your household wants their carrots peeled, remove the outer layer of the carrot and put the peels in your soup, stew or coleslaw.
Stale bread often winds up in the garbage when it can be easily turned into breadcrumbs or croutons. Instead of throwing stale bread away, save it and your money by grating it into crumbs. Baking stale bread cubes drizzled with olive oil and seasonings to make delicious croutons is another idea. Why spend more money on food you already have? Why create more waste?
Packaged foods that have not expired should be donated to charity and should not be thrown away if you do not want them. Donated food benefits many. Food thrown away benefits nobody.