Anything to do with diet and nutrition has always been close to my heart and something I will continue to take an interest in. Not only are fruit and vegetables fundamental, but most importantly they form the basis of nutrition. Unfortunately, the stark truth is that what we eat on our plates as far as fruit and vegetables are concerned, may not be as nutritious as we think.
Modern farming, uses artificial fertilisers and pesticides to encourage plant growth, but robs the soil of its nutrients without replacing them. The fertilisers and pesticides the farmers often use, contain phosphates, nitrogen and potassium that stick to the minerals in the soil and with over-farming.
This adds to the problems of food being produced, not having their full complement of nutrients. Also because of extended storage time, nutrients will vary depending on the produce, so it’s always an advantage to buy local seasoned produce that can be consumed quickly.
Organic produce is likely to contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which will help keep us healthier for longer, although organic food is more expensive and in less demand because it’s more costly to produce. Although farmers know organic food is better for us, they seem reluctant to produce it, because it’s too expensive to produce.
Foods that have been processed and manufactured, also rob our food of vitamins. In the refining process, rice, flour and sugar lose just over 75% of chromium, zinc and manganese. Other nutrients such as essential fats are not used in this process because they decrease shelf life.
It’s better to eat organic where we can and while it’s more expensive, the benefits outweigh the costs. Buying non-organic produce like bananas or oranges, probably doesn’t matter as much as tomatoes or any fruit or vegetables that you don’t peel before eating.
It has to be peace of mind and that is at least something to think about.