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Posted on 11-12-2013

Can Food Alone Nourish Your Body?

In most cases, the answer is simply "NO".

Over processed foods and today's modern farming methods that favor yield over value have decreased the nutritional value of our food.  The recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables is between 5 and 9 servings yet as the nutritional value of our food has decreased, some estimates would say we need twice to three times that number to truly get the nutrients we need.  Most grains are stripped of their nutrients in processing and our meats contain growth hormones and antibiotics.  Further stressing and damaging our cells is the over use of:   

Chemicals

Pesticides

Herbicides

Preservatives

Even eating a balanced, whole foods diet does not insure adequate and healthy nutrition

Today most Americans are overfed and undernourished. Why?

In our fast paced society, too many people rely on pre-made processed foods and/or fast food restaurants for their nutrition.

  • These foods are designed to taste good, usually through the use of too much sugar and/or fats and to have long shelf lives. In order to extend the shelf life of these products many of the beneficial nutrients are stripped out and replaced by fillers and preservatives which provide zero nutritional value.
  • Literally BILLIONS of dollars are spent each year on food advertising. This is primarily for overprocessed foods whose main appeal is convenience and not for nutritional value. Even those products that claim to be healthy typically contain too much sugar, fats, and processed grains with no nutrtional value. Adding a few vitamins back into a product, cereal for example, does not make it a healthy choice.
  • Billions of these advertising dollars are aimed at children for sugary, non-nutritious foods.
  • Today, modern grocery store products are so well marketed that a majority of people now consider them "food" because a label says so!

Modern farming techniques produce high yield crops with reduced nutritional value.

  • Over-farming the soils in which they are grown has leached most of the natural minerals and nutrients out of the soil leaving little to promote natural growth. Now it's chemically induced growth and what is grown more and more tends to be genetically modified.
  • As there is more reliance on chemical additives to keep the soil productive and growing times have been reduced through genetic engineering, plants are less healthy and able to repel disease and insect infestations. This then requires an increased useage of pesticides and herbicides which impact the nutrtional value of many crops.

Dr. Tim Lang, a professor at the Centre for Food Policy in London, England said. "We think of an orange as a constant, but the reality is it isn't."

"In fact, you would have to eat eight oranges today to get the same amount of vitamin A your grandparents got from a single orange. And you would need to eat five to get the same level of iron"

Food tables that were prepared by government researchers in 1951, 1972 and 1999 were examined, comparing the nutrients available from 100 grams samples

In the USA, UK and Canada the results were almost identical. The U.K. research was published in the British Food Journal, a peer-reviewed, scientific publication and according to the reports data on nutritional comparisons:

  • 80% of foods tested showed a substantial drop in Calcium and Iron
  • 75% had a large drop in Vitamin A
  • 50% lost considerable Vitamin C and Riboflavin
  • 33% lost thiamine and 12% lost niacin

In the analysis, the biggest loser was broccoli, a food that epitomizes healthy eating. All seven of its measurable nutrients showed a massive drop, notably calcium which fell 63% and iron which dropped 34%. It's often cited as a big source of calcium and iron.

Other examples indicate the amount of vitamin C in sweet peppers has decreased 24% and vitamin A in apples has dropped by 41% according to USDA 1961 vs. 2001 data.


Eating a balanced, whole foods diet is critical for health but even at that its difficult to fully meet the nutritional needs of our cells.

The best way to insure you are getting all the nutrients you need to incorporate whole food supplements into your diet routine. At the Whole Life Health Center we recommend Standard Process supplements. They use totally organic, whole food ingredients in all their products.Today’s modern farming and food processing methods have led to foods that are deficient in the basic nutrients we need to be healthy. Through a personalized analysis and the use of high quality, organic supplements, Dr. Alexander can help you restore your body to nutritional health.

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