I LOVE food.
I LOVE people. This is why I share.
Did you know the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be obese? The obesity research of Adam Drewnowski, found that a single dollar could buy more calories of junk food rather than healthy food. He found that a dollar can get someone 1,200 calories of cookies or potato chips, but only 250 calories of carrots. Now add to that, the following research showing that we need more food to get the same amount of nutrients as previous generations and you can see we need to be on a conscious path of eating.
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Image: Lily MihalikIn 1950, your parents, grandparents, or a perhaps a younger version of
you could eat a handful of string beans — about three-and-a-half ounces —
and get about 9 percent of the calcium you needed for the day. Almost
50 years later, in 1999, the amount of calcium in string beans dropped by 43 percent, leaving you with only 5 percent of your daily
calcium. You could eat more string beans — except you might not want to, because they wouldn’t be as flavorful as in the past. So you could eat more of other vegetables, but it’s likely other vegetables wouldn’t have as much calcium or flavor as they used to, either. And it’s not just calcium: Preliminary
research shows that many vegetables have lost significant amounts
of nutritional value.
Donald Davis, a scientist retired from
the University of Texas at Austin, and his colleagues published a
study in 2004 comparing U.S. Department of Agriculture data on
vegetable nutrients from 1950 to data from 1999, and found notable
decreases, particularly for key nutrients like calcium, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, and
Davis believes that the primary reason for the decrease is selective
breeding: As growers and researchers have spent the last 50 years
trying to produce varieties of crops that yield more fruit, they’ve been
ignoring the effects on nutrient content.