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Are Vegetables Not as Healthy as They Used to Be?

Are Vegetables Not as Healthy as They Used to Be?


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No supplement replaces a healthy, whole food plant based diet, but is our food not as nutritious as it once was?

A landmark study¹ compared nutritional data from 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. The researchers found this was due to agricultural practices designed to improve traits of the produce (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutritional quality. 


It is known that the key to healthier produce is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods are good for the soil, the produce and its consumers. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.

Even with our best efforts, many of us do not have the resources or time to buy organic farm to table produce all the time. Furthermore, the average American eats out about 6 times a week², with most restaurants buying the most economical produce over the highest quality. Between work, relationships, fitness and the current climate of our agriculture system, we recommend to TRY YOUR BEST. Eat as many nutrient-dense foods as possible and use a supplement to assist in any gaps that may be missing in your diet to ensure your body is thriving. Give your body what it deserves.

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¹J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Dec;23(6):669-82. Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. Davis DR1, Epp MD, Riordan HD.

²https://www.zagat.com/b/2018-dining-trends-survey-highest-tippers-social-media-habits-and-more

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