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Fruits and veg IS THERE A MODERN DAY PROBLEM

Posted on September 27, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | by

Most people think that “fruits and veg” in general are all healthy.  This is true to some extent. 

However, we’re not quite eating the fruits and veg that nature intended us to eat… if that sounds strange to you, let me explain…

You see, the fruits and vegetables that we have at our shops currently have been bred over the years to maximize sugar content, size, and appearance.  Therefore, the nutritional content of these fruits and veggies has diminished over the years as produce has been bred for sweetness or size instead of nutrition.

This means that although our fruits and veg may still have relatively good micro-nutrient and antioxidant content (compared to processed foods), today’s modern agricultural fruits and veggies are a far cry from what we would have eaten in the wild tens of thousands of years ago.  Those wild fruits and vegatables were far more nutrient dense than what we’re eating these days.

You can see this trend with any “wild” version of a fruit vs an agriculturally grown version.  Just take agricultural blueberries vs wild blueberries as an example… some ORAC (antioxidant measurement) reporting shows wild blueberries to have almost double the antioxidant levels of some cultivated blueberries.

As you can see, this means that even if we eat lots of fruits and veggies in today’s age, we still may be getting significantly less antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals compared to what we were meant to get in nature eating more “wild” varieties of fruits and veggies.

That’s one of the main reasons I also started recently supplementing with a superfoods drink like Athletic Greens each day… this is one of my favorites because it has WAY more than just a few random greens powders…it also contains components from high ORAC berries, mushrooms, and dozens of other superfoods (a total of 76 superfood ingredients), all mixed into a pretty tasty drink.  This is by far the best tasting greens drink I’ve ever had…it has a nice lightly sweetened taste, but uses natural stevia as the sweetener.

Back to choosing healthier fruits and veg… as I mentioned “wild” varieties are best, but apparently “heirloom” varieties may be higher in nutrients too and have had less breeding for sweetness and appearance than typical supermarket varieties. 

In addition, choosing organic versions is generally a step in the right direction and also obtaining your produce as much as possible from a local organic farmer, your own garden, or local farmers markets or farm shop can help to obtain produce with higher nutrient levels than typical supermarket produce.

One more thing I do to try to increase the amount of antioxidants I get daily to account for our slightly lower quality fruits and veggies in today’s age is to use high antioxidant spices as much as I can such as turmeric, cinnamon, basil, oregano, etc.  I also like to take a quality antioxidant supplement like Prograde Longevity for a little extra nutrition “insurance”.

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