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Are Vegetables Losing Their Nutrition?

Vegetables | Foodfacts.com

Vegetables | Foodfacts.com

You’ve heard it all before. “If you want to be healthy, eat your vegetables!” Certainly, this is still good advice, but there’s a problem creeping in. Vegetables and fruits are losing their nutritious qualities. They may not be providing you with the healthy benefit they used to.

It has been pointed out that you would have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.

Elmer Heinrich found this out when he did his research for his book “The Root of All Disease”. It’s amazing, but it’s also terrible because no one is ever going to eat 10 servings of spinach in one day.

Why is all of this happening?

It sounds rather far-fetched at first that a vegetable or fruit could look and taste the same, but be so lacking in nutrients you need. However, there are several reasons, which most people would never think of. It’s important to know the cause behind something as vital as your own nutrition. You try to eat right, you try to have your “required servings” of fruits and vegetables each day — but what are they really doing for you?

Over-farming causes depleted soil

The Foodfacts.com Blog has learned that, despite farmers’ best efforts with chemical fertilizers and crop rotations, the huge human population’s demands on the soil causes “over-farming”. Nutrients you need are depleted from the soil by 100s of previous crop cycles — and if they’re not there, the plants can’t absorb them. This is especially true for the trace-minerals we all need to maintain good health.

Crops are now being bred for the wrong thing

Fruits and veggies are chosen for several reasons, none of which are for their nutritional value. The important thing about them is how they look, how long they stay fresh, how much they weigh, and how they can resist weeds and pests. Are any of those factors helping YOUR health? No, they’re just helping the bottom line. These are no “franken foods”  either (genetically modified crops); they’re your usual 100% natural crops which have gone through selective breeding for money making, NOT nutritional qualities. Some genetically modified crops like the black tomato are super-nutritious, but they’re still years away from a real market release.

An experiment for you

If you look around on TV, do you see commercials for “grow at home tomatoes”? Have you ever enjoyed a tomato from a vine at a friend or neighbors’ house? These “home grown”  fruits (yes a tomato is a fruit) often taste MUCH better than the ones you find in the supermarket. That’s why kits and vines are so popular in gardens. Supermarket tomatoes are raised only to look good, stay fresh and make the high “weight grade”. They’re NOT bred for taste or nutrition quality.

It’s easy to demonstrate this with something like a tomato, because they have a specific flavor that everyone recognizes, and are easy to grow at home in many climates — unlike spinach or peaches. The point is, that this type of “all style no substance” is afflicting more than tomatoes and affecting much more than flavor.

These statistics show various losses over the years. The USDA came up with the facts, and Life Extension Magazine is quoted on the following statistics:

Apples- Vitamin A is down 41%
Broccoli- Calcium and Vitamin A are down 50%
Cauliflower- Vitamin C is down 45%; Vitamin B1 is down 48%; and Vitamin B2 is down 47%

That’s a big drop, and other fruits and vegetables are also affected to varying degrees. So what can you do about it? You want to eat healthy to stay healthy, so taking action in your diet is a step to take right away. Vitamin supplements are a great idea. Because vitamins are made, not grown, they are held to nutritional standards, and must contain exactly what you see on the label. But, one cannot live on pills alone. First, consider organic foods and using a home garden. Chances are, your yard was never the site of a huge company farm featuring depleted soil. The foods you grow at home can still pick up necessary minerals from your soil.

Source:    Sooper

Image:    Treehugger

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