An Apple a Day

  • Why an Apple a Day is Not Good!!!

     

    Fruit and vegetables are being gradually stripped of the natural goodness which makes them beneficial for health, experts have found.
    An alarming drop in essential minerals means that the apples and greens of today are nowhere near as good for us as those eaten 50 years ago.
    Some fruits are also becoming sweeter than they were during the last century, leading to fears about tooth decay and obesity.
    Nutrients needed to help the body and immune system work properly, balance hormones and produce vital blood cells are dwindling across a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, it emerged.apples

    Five a day

    Government health advice is to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help maintain health and possibly avoid some cancers.
    But research by nutritionist David Thomas reveals that the food we are eating is simply not as good for us as it was during World War II.

    Reasons for decline

    Modern farming methods are blamed for the decline in minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and potassium in fruit and vegetables.
    Crops are being grown in soil stripped of its goodness. Vitamin loss could be exacerbated by fruits being picked before they are ripe.
    They are often flown long distances before they actually hit the shelves and nutritionists say that fruit and vegetables which are fresh are more likely to contain the most vitamins.
    Artificial fertilisers are used to speed growth and productivity of crops but this might not take account of the delicate balance of mineral requirements of plants and foods.
    Study
    Dr Thomas investigated the fall of nutrients in 64 foods by comparing data from Government-backed scientific studies between 1940 and 1991.
    The rate of depletion appeared to be greatest between 1978 and 1991. In those 13 years alone, vegetables lost 57 per cent of their zinc – an important element for the immune system and for male fertility.
    Dr Thomas said: “We found that since 1940, the minerals and other nutrients that help to make fruit and vegetables good for you have been in startling decline.”
    He said that eating fruit and vegetables is still beneficial for health, but continuing falls in nutrients could lead to deficiencies in some consumers.
    Daily Mail report.

    Why take Minerals?
    The human body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease and ailment free state. If this is true, it’s easy to understand why sickness is so prevalent throughout the world. Foods that are raised or purchased today contain, on average, no more than 16 to 18 minerals.

    Our Mineral products provide up to 75 trace minerals. It is also plant derived, containing the same kind of hydrophilic minerals that are found in fruits and vegetables.

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