Whenever, people try to lose weight, the first thing that comes to mind is a healthy and natural diet. The best healthy diet is fruits and veggies. The whole point of switching to fruits and vegetables is so you can get adequate nutrition and fewer calories. Consuming fruits and veggies to get proper nutrition may sound good. But can fruits and veggies provide you the nutrition your body needs.
There have been many studies conducted to analyze the nutritional value of fruits and veggies being grown nowadays. The fruits and veggies grown using modern techniques were compared to the ones that were being grown about 50 years ago. The results were rather concerning. It was found that they have less nutrition than they had a few decades ago. So, why are fruits and vegetables less nutritious now?
A research team was put together by the University of Texas back in 2004 to study this phenomenon. This team was headed by Donald Davis and they analyzed a report published by the Department of Agriculture. The report was regarding 43 garden fruits and veggies. The study showed that almost all the fruits and vegetables had lost a significant amount of nutritional value.
The fruits and vegetables were not evaluated for their individual nutritional value. The nutritional value was evaluated for all veggies and fruits in a group. Even then, there were 6 essential nutrients out of 13 that showed a significant decline between the year 1950 and 1999. The nutrients that were found to have declined in fruits and veggies are calcium, protein, iron, phosphorus, absorbic acid and even riboflavin.
The main reason for the declining nutrition in fruits and veggies is the methods the agricultural industry uses for growing them. Considering the ever growing need to produce more plants, the agricultural industry is using methods to escalate their growth. The consumer demand is definitely met due to these methods, but the nutritional value definitely suffers.
The Department of Agriculture published the nutrient report for 1950 and 2000. During the 1950s, broccoli had a calcium content of 12.9 milligrams for every gram of vegetable. By 2000, the calcium content decreased to a mere 4.4 milligrams per gram. The same was found with wheat and barley crops. The concentration of proteins in wheat and barley decreased by over 40% since 1938, which is a concerning aspect.
Modern agricultural techniques have made fruits and vegetables less nutritious. This is why you should not rely on them alone for nutrition. The best way to deal with this is to consume supplements with veggies and fruits.