is more than eating the right kinds of food. A
dietitian tells you what foods should be in a meal
and your diet. Good nutrition is how much
nutritional value is in the fruits and vegetables
you eat. To understand how you get nutrition into
your body you have to understand the process of
how the nutrients get into the fruits and
It's an unfortunate fact of modern life. Even
when we try to return to the wholesome goodness of
whole food, real foods, something is lacking.
Thanks to the various methods of modern farming
and transport, even the whole foods we eat are
lacking in vital nutrients.
Even though modern farming methods
are depleting nutrients, fresh is still best, and
better still fresh from farms that have not
depleted the nutrients of the farm soil. Knowing
where the fruit and vegetables come from is a good
solution for getting good nutrition. While nobody
would suggest switching from a diet rich in fresh
fruits and vegetables to a diet of canned fruits
and veggies, it's important to understand why your
fresh produce might not be as fresh or as
nutrient-dense as you think.
A little known fact that most
farmers and researchers alike are not aware of, or
if aware they don’t care about, is that there are
many nutrients that the human body relies on for
good health and disease free living called
“trace minerals.” The thing that makes
this hard to understand is that trace minerals
cannot be studied and listed because they are so
small. That is why they are called “trace.” We
know they are there but we can’t quantify them.
These are the basic building blocks of life and
they can’t be duplicated or replaced by man, only
by nature or the natural balance of regeneration
of the soil by the resting of the soil before
further planting and harvesting of crops. There
is the biblical recipe for planting and land
management that calls for the resting of the land
for one year during every seven years and then
resting the land for seven years at the end of 7
times 7 years or every 49 years. While continuing
interpreting of the scriptures have changed the
ways of land usage, it is clear that the resting
of the soil is a necessary requirement for the
land to continue to provide nutritious vegetables
and fruits. Current commercial-farming practices
do not include the resting of the land.
There are a variety of factors
present in the field that can affect the nutrient
quality of your fresh fruits and produce. Over
the years consumers have demanded 'prettier'
fruits and vegetables, so fruits in particular are
often picked when still green and ripen on their
way to market. This makes them 'prettier' but
also leads to a reduction in overall nutrient
value. For example, Cartenoid in fruits increase
as fruits are allowed to ripen naturally, on the
vine or tree.
There is a strong farmer reliance
on chemical fertilizers and a relative loss of
topsoil today. Though farmers replace much of the
lost potassium and nitrogen, there is little
attention paid to the loss of trace nutrients and
minerals. These are the essential
building blocks to good overall nutrition.
Once fruits and vegetables leave
the field, they are often transported more than
1,000 miles to market. The older your produce,
the fewer of those essential nutrients it has.
It's unknown exactly how much nutrient loss there
is, but experts say produce slowly loses nutrients
when stored in a cold, dark place for a period of
time. Some fruits and vegetables are more prone
to this nutrient loss and
can lose as much as 50% of their
phytonutrients in three to five days.
The combination of these factors
along with the too-generous use of pesticides and
what the unknown effect of sitting on your
grocer's shelves has on your produce means there
is an unknown detriment to your produce.
Certainly no one is saying that you should give up
fresh produce altogether, but you also shouldn't
rely on the sign in the market saying that the
fruit is "farm fresh." Fresh produce from
the market will not give you the nutrients you
need to maintain your good health.
While experts say fresh is almost
always best, often frozen fruits and vegetables
retain more of their nutrients since processing
and quick freezing occurs literally almost in the
field. But remember, if the produce doesn't
have the nutrients to begin with, you can't get it
in the end when you eat the produce.
Buying fruits and vegetables
that come from farms where the fruits and
vegetables are grown in nutrient rich soils is
best. All of the fruits from Imports
Unlimited come from the lands that until recently
have been rainforests. The soil is highly
enriched with all of the necessary nutrients and