There may be some truth in the assertion that the food we eat today is not quite as nutritional as in the past. Fresh fruits and veggies begin to diminish in nutritional value the minute they are picked. Because these ingredients are transported the long distances they are today, it is likely that they are losing more nutrients than in the past, when our food sources were much closer to home.
There is some argument that the quality of the growing, soils and fertilizers are not what they once were. This may be true and is the foundation of the Slow Food movement.
A comparison of the nutrient content of 43 different garden crops between the years 1950 and 1999 showed significant decreases in six nutrients, reports a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (2004;23:669–82).
Shifting agricultural practices over the past 50 years have raised the question of how food quality may have been impacted by these changes. A previous comparison of food nutrient quantity in England found an apparent decrease in seven minerals found in fruits and vegetables.
The new study compared foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and green peppers. Different nutrients were compared, including calcium, iron, riboflavin, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin A, phosphorus, and thiamin. Amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and calories were also compared.
When all of the foods were compared as a group, significant declines were seen between 1950 and 1999 in the amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, vitamin C, and protein. Riboflavin content showed a dramatic 38% decrease, and calcium was significantly decreased by 16%. Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, fat, and carbohydrate contents did not appear to change significantly over the 50-year period.
So, it is evident that our food is in fact becoming less nutritious! Therefore, vitamin supplementation is basically important to everyone – not only for good health, but for disease prevention. Did you know that the American Medical Association recommends a daily multivitamin?
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Not all vitamins are created equal! Look for me next blog about the differences in vitamins that are on the market. I will also be talking about how vitamin supplementation can, in fact, prevent disease.
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