Women's Health Tips

A decline in the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables MIGHT ATTEMPT A.


For years the debate about the benefits and drawbacks of modern farming techniques. Agriculture industry or "hyper-farms" has produced a giant step in the crops, but much of the nutrient content claim-and thus the total of their nutritional value to humans-have suffered.
The average results in terms of the bushel per acre for large plants in the u.s. have been sky rocketing since the 1950s. the corn is up 342%! Wheat was up 290%, while soybean and Alfalfa are up about 170%. The same kind of profit results have occurred in Europe, Australia, Japan and elsewhere in the world too.


Data presented by researchers of the Department of soil science at the University of Wisconsin Madison shows that while great progress in harvest has occurred in the last 50 years nutrient content was under siege and decline. Similarly, a review of the data published by the USDA Nutrient Data laboratory of the ARC shows "a sharp decline in the minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in food since the last comprehensive survey", about 20 years ago.


NEW EVIDENCE ON NUTRIENT DEPLETION


The latest Data published by Dr. David Thomas, a primary health practitioners and independent researcher, see the difference between United Kingdom Government tables published for nutrient content that was published in 1940 and again in 2002. The comparison is eye-opening. This indicates that the iron content of 15 different varieties of meat has decreased 47%. Dairy products have shown a similar decline, a decline of 60% iron and to a decrease of 90% copper.


GREATER AVAILABILITY VERSUS THE VALUE WAS LESS.


It is true that in the modern world of the industrialized countries, the availability of fruits and vegetables is at an all time high. If we want it, it's there. On the flip side though is the availability of increased fruit and vegetable consumption did not increase in the population. Indeed many sub-groups within the population that has declined. When this knowledge coupled with a decrease in the level of malnutrition is reported to be in the food, it has a lot of health care providers, scientists, researchers and Government officials looking for answers on how we can hope to maintain the nutritional value and balance our food while the need to produce more and more of the same land to feed a growing population. So far, the road ahead is uncertain at best.