We all know we need to get our 8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Many of us dutifully eat our greens and apples. Those of us who don’t, well I suppose we could have a glass of that famous drinkable substitute. As I doctor, you can probably guess I’d advise you to visit your produce aisle instead of the beverage aisle. Even when we get our 8 a day, we really aren’t getting everything we need nutritionally any more.
I became certified in clinical nutrition and supplementation after learning the facts gathered from comparative nutritional data between 1950 and 1999 of 43 different vegetables and fruits. These showed that dirt and soil conditions from agribusiness practices have led to a decline in the nutritional content in all vegetables and fruits grown in those soils. The poor soil used to grow our foods is not doing its job to imbue valuable vitamins and minerals into the food supply.
Agricultural practices designed to enhance pest resistance and growth rate, gave little or no attention to increasing the nutritional content of crops. Consequently, the trend has led to crops rapidly declining in nutritional content. These include declines in magnesium, zinc, vitamins B6 and iron, potassium and calcium. We may increase the yield of crop, but we are reducing the yield of nutrition in those foods.
It’s estimated you would have to eat 8 of today’s oranges to derive the same amount of vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from a single orange. It’s clear efforts to make our produce more visually attractive has negatively affected its natural abilities to provide us the nutrients we need. We’ve come to a place where our 8 servings a day is no longer providing us 8 servings of nutrition!
A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27%; iron 37%; vitamin a 21% and vitamin C 30%. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980 published in the British Food Journal found similar declines.
The best way to ensure your produce contains the levels of vitamins and minerals needed is to purchase seasonally from local farmers whenever possible. Local produce is less likely to be grown organically, without the use pesticides than those grown on industrial farms. Small farm growing practices also tend to do more to keep soil fertile and encourage beneficial growth of crops.
Adding a safe supplement to your diet is also a good idea to help make up for the short comings in our commercially produced fruits and vegetables.
We encourage you to contact our office to learn more about the supplements we recommend and begin improving your health!