"Take a look at these serious numbers that prove foods of today are not what they were a few generations ago..."
Now if we look at the raw numbers... its serious -- we're talking seri-ous.. that prove today's fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, and even the milk / meats we eat are not even CLOSE to what their nutrition value was a few generations ago..
We have all heard more than once, "No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health." -- Is this a big deal to you?
Back in 1936, at the 74th Congress of the United States a statement was made regarding testimony pertaining to the growing problem of "Soil Mineral Depletion."
Some scientists were suggesting commercial fertilizers were actually NOT adding nutrients back into the soil- at least not the trace minerals necessary for healthy plants.
Jumping to 21st century farming, plant/crop and soil quality all have suffered. In 1914 an apple contained almost half the minimum daily requirement of iron. Today you would have to eat 26 APPLES for the same amount!! And Iron isn't the only nutrient that's depleted. In 80 years apples will have declined in these minerals: Calcium to drop by 48%, Phosphorous dropping by 84%, Iron by 96% and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient will have dropped 82%!
*It's already been over 100 years*
So we start with depleted nutrients in our food, then we process them to remove the enzymes to make sure they stay on the shelf longer... Then we cook or microwave them which further inactivates many of the nutrients and beneficial food factors. One key taste factor with our food lies in the minerals in the soil our crops grow in.
Don't get me started on the GMO problem we have.. I've saved this for another post you can track back...
Today's plants are not as healthy and don't have the same vibrancy that well mineralized plants do. One of the tastes many of us are familiar with is the first bite of a vine ripened tomato straight from the garden.
Listen to this quote by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 volume, “most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins or minerals by diet alone. Pending evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” For the Journal for the American Medical Association to say “it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements” after years of prejudice against the supplement industry is a landmark statement.
Look at these statistics focusing on the mineral calcium in a few common foods. In the last 80 years, the amount of calcium has declined 81% in cabbage, 92% in lettuce, and 56% in spinach. Magnesium levels have dropped 77% in cabbage, 91% in lettuce, and 35% in spinach. Iron levels dropped in the same vegetables from 60% to 99%. These huge drops in mineral levels are occurring in all our fresh foods. And its not just fruits and vegetables, the same types of things are happening with chicken, beef, rice, etc.
We see not only mineral depletions but vitamin reductions as well. Add stress to the equation. Stress depletes nutrient levels faster than those who are not under pressure or stress. I’m sure you get the idea. Everyone wants to feel healthy, but how can we feel good when we’re not getting the basic nutrients our bodies need.
As clinicians we see the effects of all these depletions, and we have patients who supplement with over the counter vitamins that are not doing the job. Certainly these statistics build a case for organic foods as they have more nutrients; but let’s face it, nobody eats organic all the time. Let’s passionately educate our clients about the need to supplement their diet with a good multiple vitamin with minerals.
Article adapted from "Tuesday Minute Transcript." 2019. www.tuesdayminute.net