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Crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.

Comparision of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. There have likely been declines in other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E, but they were not studied in 1950.

“New varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly but their ability to manufacture or up↑take nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth,” explains Professor Donald Davis of University of Texas at Austin. Also, modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.

What can be done? Foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods is 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.

Source: Scientific American, Earth TalkHave Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?  

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If you have 90 minutes, watch this: Sugar -The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig, MD at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. This was recently covered in NYTimes: Is Sugar Toxic?, a must read.

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Written by maald

June 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Posted in Health

8 Responses

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  1. wow !
    thats amazing …. (amazing in a bad way, I mean)
    At this rate, in a few years, vegetables will also be like junk food !

    It is scary what we are doing the planet, and how the planet punishes in turn

    deepa

    June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  2. btw,
    try this ::

    http://www.ragasurabhi.com/identifying-ragas.html

    saw ur identifying Indian ragas link .. so sent you this .. found it useful actually !

    deepa

    June 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    • uber cool!!
      thank you, darling… u r Ahh-mazing

      maald

      June 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

  3. Thanks for the horoscope. . Inshah Allah .. I hope it works !

    deepa

    June 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

  4. the definition of “organic” is also getting adulterated. thanks for the link

    anrosh

    August 7, 2011 at 4:43 am


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