Monday, July 12, 2010
Dr. Al Sears, MD
These days, the produce you buy at your local grocery store just doesn’t have the nutritional power that fruits and vegetables had just a few decades ago.
Over farming, soil depletion, commercial fertilizer, hybrid crops and genetic modifications are slashing the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables. You’d have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.
Producers create “hybrid” forms of your fruits and vegetables – not for their ability to store nutrients – but for their color, weight and shelve life. Why? So they’ll look nice and pretty when they sit under the fluorescent lights of your supermarket. You may think they look nutritious, but “under the hood,” they contain little more than indigestible cellulose, sugar and water.”
“Your Food Supply has Changed:You’re Eating Fruit with No Vitamins, Vegetables with No Minerals.
We first began to know that there was a problem back in 1936. A group of doctors introduced Document No. 264 to the floor of the United States Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk. Unfortunately congress did nothing.Today, we’re feeing the effects.
For instance, just look at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.
· Apples, Vitamin A is down 41%
· Sweet Peppers, Vitamin C is down 31%
· Watercress, Iron is down 88%
· Broccoli, Calcium and Vitamin A are down 50%
· Cauliflower, Vitamin C is down 45%; Vitamin B1 is down 48%; and Vitmain B2 is down 47%
· Collards Greens, Vitamin A is down 45%; Potassium is down 60%; and Magnesium is down 85%
According to USDA’s own numbers, the vitamin and mineral content has dramatically plummeted – in just 30 years! Notice minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. That’s from commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers that practically sterilize the soil – leaving it with little to no mineral content. IF THE SOIL DOESN’T HAVE MINERALS, THERE’S NO WAY FOR VEGETABLES TO ABSORB THEM. And that’s bad news for your health!
Magnesium regulates over 300 body functions – every day! Magnesium is so critical, low levels in your blood can lead to diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks and high blood pressure