It is an honor for me that you take your precious time to read these few, yet crucially important lines. It signals how greatly you care about your health!
Nutrition has a meaning beyond the values of calories. Webster dictrionary defines it as follows : : “the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy” furthermore, nutrition supplements are defined as vitamins. (Webster).
Hence the consequential question is not how many calories daily we take in but rather how nourishing (full of vitamins) the consumed food is.
Our millennial generation can hardly imagine another way of fetching groceries than walking through the supermarket and pushing a shopping cart in a size of a small european car. But now on a more serious, statistically proven note.
A study conducted by the University of Texas between 1950 and 1999 shows decreasing nutritional values of plants we eat today as a consequence of poor dirt (soil). Supermarkets are oversupplied with groceries but the soil is literally “pushed to the edge” of exhaustion. (Poole)
British Food Journal confirms this rumor spreading information by stunning comments “Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.” Furthermore it reveals that “in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent.” (Poole)
It is not my nature to panic but these numbers are, if not more, at least concerning and shall be considered in our dietary habits.
Today, I have stated a problem. My dear readers might expect a solution in the lines below. However, it will not be a part of today´s content. My intention is to stir up thoughts and raise awareness and let the reader to “look around” and see also other sources for consideration.
Before I reveal too much, let me just mention that I will be uploading recipes for plant based, nutritious diet in upcoming posts.
Until then, I wish to my readers a very strong health and open mind for questioning the prevailing dietary habits.
As a bonus, please allow me to attach the Nutrition Value of Foods report by the United States Department of Agriculture (DOWNLOAD HERE)