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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:
In our fast paced society, too many people rely on pre-made processed foods and/or fast food restaurants for their nutrition.
Modern farming techniques produce high yield crops with reduced nutritional value.
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:
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.
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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