Dirt Poor: The Nutrient Decline of Modern Food
Genetic modification has also been used to increase the yield and pest resistance of food crops, but it may also be contributing to the decline in nutrient density. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that genetically modified soybeans had lower levels of essential minerals compared to their non-genetically modified counterparts. This is concerning, as minerals like iron and zinc are important for many aspects of human health, including immune function and brain development.
Even Decreased Flavor?
It's not just the nutrient content of fruits and vegetables that has declined over time - the flavor has suffered as well. In an article from The Guardian, chef and food writer Dan Barber argues that the flavor of modern produce has been "bred out" in favor of traits like size and durability. He notes that "most of the time, when a farmer is picking for shelf life or for size, they're picking against flavor." This means, aside from the possibility that we are getting less nutrients from our produce, we also may not be enjoying it as much as we could be.
What Can We Do?
So what can we do to ensure we are getting the most out of our fruits and vegetables? One option is to choose organic produce, grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops had higher levels of certain nutrients, including vitamin C, than conventionally grown crops. Another option, which we highly recommend if it’s available to you, is to seek out locally grown produce, as it is often grown on less-commercial land and is picked at peak ripeness, therefore it may be more nutrient-dense and flavorful than produce that has been shipped long distances.
It's also important to choose nutrient-dense foods, regardless of whether they are conventionally grown or organic. This means choosing foods that are high in essential nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, and low in calories, saturated fat, and added sugars. Some examples of nutrient-dense foods include sprouts, leafy greens, berries, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
Even with taking these steps, it’s still incredibly important to supplement nutrients in our modern world. That’s why Ambaya created our nutrient-dense supplements to bridge the gaps left from our diet.
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Linus Pauling, an American chemist, biochemist, chemical engineer, peace activist, author, and educator, put it best when he said, “With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives, and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker".
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