BUT I EAT MY FRUITS AND VEGGIES EVERY WEEK, WHY SUPPLEMENT?
The term ‘dirt poor’ has taken on a whole new meaning in today’s food system. Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the produce the average american eats today. Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil thus depleting the food we consume.
A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. There have likely been declines in other nutrients, too, Davis said, such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E.
The Organic Consumers Association cites several other studies with similar findings: A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
SO WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
- Eating as much of our own gardened food and or sourcing local farms who alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, forego pesticides and fertilizers whoever possible and reach for the organically grown foods in stores. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.
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