Sunday, March 01, 2009

What's Wrong with Veggies & Fruits at the Store?

Here is a great article explaining why the fruits and veggies we eat now don't have the nutrition they had years ago. We need to supplement with QUALITY whole-foods-- which ones?


The February issue of the Journal of HortScience published a report on the sad state of American fruits and veggies. As it turns out, our current bounty of fruits and veggies is poor in quality and taste—at least according to Donald R. Davis, a former research associate with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. Davis claims the average vegetable found in today's supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in minerals (including magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc) than those harvested just 50 years ago.

Davis reported that although it was difficult to examine “before” and “after” nutrient profiles, we clearly have less nutrition coming from our fruits and vegetables today.

Case #1: Don’t be fooled by the size of that apple! Today's vegetables might be larger, but if you think that means they contain more nutrients, you'd be wrong,” stated Davis. Jumbo-sized produce contains more "dry matter" than anything else, which dilutes mineral concentrations.

Case #2: Plants have experienced a genetic dilution effect. Selective breeding to increase crop yield has led to declines in protein, amino acids, and as many as six minerals in one study of commercial broccoli. There is no assurance that dozens of other nutrients and thousands of phytochemicals will all increase in proportion to yield.

Case #3: With more chemical fertilizers and pesticides being used on modern crops, plants are being harvested faster than ever before and that means the produce has less time to absorb nutrients either from synthesis or the soil.

Davis finds it ironic that as billions of people around the world are suffering from malnutrition, efforts to increase food production have actually produced food that is nutritionally bankrupt.

This study is just another reason that I support the use of Juice Plus+, a whole foods supplement made from raw fruits and veggies. It’s been carefully tested for herbicides and pesticides and is backed up by plenty of research to show it gets into our bloodstream and works. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to enhance our intake with concentrated whole foods nutrition?

Kim Dalzell, PhD, RD, LD

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen....

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