"Locally grown" has become connected with "healthy" and "environmentally friendly," but is that always the case?

According to a HealthDay News report, even dietitians aren't in complete agreement on the subject. "Most of what the locally grown movement is about is not eating processed foods from larger companies, but rather eating more natural, unprocessed, wholesome foods," said Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "A local apple may or may not be any better than an apple grown farther away, but it is most definitely better than an apple-flavored product you get from a package."

When it comes to what you eat, "the most important thing is that you choose healthy foods," said Blatner.