Do Plants Really Have More Nutrients?
Is there any Nutrition left in our Fruits and Vegetables?
What/Who is to blame?
One of the main reasons our fruits and vegetables lack the nutrients they had 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years ago is soil depletion or lack of nutrients in the dirt. How our farmers are compensated also plays a hidden role into the nutrition content of our fruits and vegetables. A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The study consisted of 43 different types of garden crops. Conclusions from the research shows that the crops of today contain fewer nutrients today as farmers have been planting crops designed to improve other traits. Dr. Davis and his team studied the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century.
Dr. Davis and his colleagues drew the following conclusions related to nutritional deficiencies in today’s fruit and vegetable crops:
- Intense efforts to breed new varieties that have greater yield
- Resistance to pests
- Ability of crop to adapt to different climates
- Yield as the primary concern; selecting for yield, crops grow bigger and faster but DON’T have the ability to UPTAKE nutrients from the soil at the same rate
You may ask, what or why would farmers be planting crops that contain less nutrients?
Farmers today are paid through an agreement known as PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) which basically states their number one concern in crop is type, quality, and quantity. This means, as long as the crop “looks good” and is in the quantities the buyer agreed to the farmer will get paid. Farmers are not worried about the nutrient profile of the carrot, apple, or bell pepper. There has been a serious increase in the size and growth of our crops over the past 20 years. This has lead to soil depletion and an overall reduction in nutrients by those crops.
What can be done to overcome this?
Start by reducing the amount of plants you eat! I know this sounds crazy but trust me. The healing power that animals have on the body is vast. Consuming animal meat helps with hormones, weight, and kicking disease to the curb. Animals contain the 2 most important macronutrients in abundance when it comes to health, vitality, strength, etc. Those two macronutrients are fatty acids (fat), and amino acids (protein). These 2 nutrients are listed as #1 and #2 in terms of importance for survival much less reaching optimal health.
Don’t plants offer more nutrients than animals or meat?
With all the organizations and mass media pushing that agenda, you would think so. The truth is that while plants do offer and contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, they lack the ability to be absorbed by the body (WHICH IS ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS) compared to animals. Our bodies much prefer the wonderful package that is an animal when it comes to getting our protein and fat. What most fail to realize is that animal meat also contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals outside of the protein and fat.
Here is a comparison of beef, chicken, strawberries, spinach, and a carrot.
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