As people become more well-versed on what a healthy diet should look like, many are making great strides to eat more fruits and vegetables, assuming that by doing this, they will be able to check the box that says, “healthy eating”. But is it enough? Does your diet give you the nutrients you need every day? Let’s take a closer look; you might be surprised that your efforts aren’t paying off like they should.
Most people still don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables
Even though the recommended servings for fruits and vegetables has been around for years, only 12 percent of Americans eat the minimum amount of fruit recommended — a cup and a half to two cups a day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. And only 9 percent get the two to three cups of vegetables a day that are recommended. Healthy eating can not only help prevent certain diseases, it can also help maintain a healthy weight. Currently, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
Enough actually isn’t enough
For those who do strive for the recommended number of servings, the following may come as a bit of a surprise. When it comes to fresh produce, enough may not be enough. According to the Daily Mail a new report has revealed we need 45 nutrients every day for the body to function optimally. Nutritionist Suzie Sawyer, who backed the report, said: “The human body needs to be properly fuelled to function at its best. We need around 45 different nutrients daily to run efficiently. Does that mean that even after eating the recommended number of servings, we still may not get the variety of nutrients we need? Possibly, yes.
Produce isn’t what it used to be
It’s a sad fact that because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today, according to an article by Scientific American. “Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,” reported Donald Davis of University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.” There have been other articles that also look at the historical changes in the mineral content of fruits and vegetables. Many come to similar conclusions regarding the decline of nutrients in our produce.
How can we be sure we’re getting the nutrients we need?
Healthy eating still remains the number one way to making sure we get the nutrients we need. However, it may not be enough to simply eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Instead, we need to look at what kind of produce we’re consuming, and take a supplement that provides a balanced amount of nutrients to help us hit our goal of 45 nutrients. There is a growing body of evidence that shows some potential health benefits of organic foods when compared with conventionally grown foods. Studies have shown small to moderate increases in some nutrients in organic produce. The best evidence of a significant increase is in certain types of flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. When it comes to supplements, it’s important to understand that not all supplements are the same. The best way to find a good vitamin is to do your research. Food-based vitamins are best. The Sea Veg® supplement is a 100% natural whole food supplement, and the Sea Veg® 12 species of sea plans in the FarmaSea® Proprietary Blend contain over 92 vitamins and minerals.
Are you getting the nutrients you need? Even marginal deficiencies can result in health problems. To be sure, eat a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, and consider a whole food supplement to ensure you’re getting what you need to stay healthy.