Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: September 6, 2017 Comments: 0
In an ideal world, all of the nutrients that we require for optimal health can be obtained from fresh, nutrient-dense, and healthy foods. Unfortunately though, even if you have healthy eating habits, many of the foods sold today do not contain all of the essential nutrients you need to thrive. Why not? One of the main reasons is the soil and growing environment. For example, some of the more modernized farming practices have contributed to soil that is insufficient in certain nutrients and minerals like selenium, zinc and magnesium. The simple fact is this: If the soil is depleted of certain nutrients, the food grown in that soil will also lack those same nutrients.
Other factors, like long-term storage, over-processing, harvesting and shipping practices, can also cause foods to lose it’s nutritional value. Fruits and vegetables for example have their highest nutrient content when they are “alive” (still growing) or immediately after they are picked. Unfortunately, as soon as they are harvested and stored in a cold environment, their nutritional value quickly declines. Grapes for example, lose up to 30% of their B vitamins by the time they arrive in most grocery stores. Fresh asparagus stored for one week can cause its vitamin C content to decrease by almost 90%! Not only do most of us purchase our fruits and vegetables from the grocery store, where cold, long-term storage is in effect, but then we take that nutrient-deprived food and cook it, which can further destroy the nutrients it once contained. Many foods are also processed (canned or frozen), which again contributes to a lower nutritional value.
As you can see, there are many reasons why we can’t rely on food alone to get all of the nutrients we need. With these concerns in mind, almost everyone can benefit from taking good quality vitamins and minerals in order to supplement nutrient-deprived food with essential nutrients.
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