The problem with your fruits and veggies? (important consumer info)

Friday, August 30, 2013 • Benton, LA 71006

by Nick Pineault (the Nutrition Nerd), author - The TRUTH about Fat-Burning Foods

If we only listened to the mainstream media, we would think the 
most nutritious foods are fruits and veggies.
I used to believe the same thing... until I had a talk with my
older brother Jonathan.
(You could call him "The Farmer Nerd" because he's obsessed about
the science around soils, plants and that kind of stuff.)
Here's what he told me:
"Because agriculture has selected certain genetics to maximize
sugar content and resistance to certain pests - all while
decreasing the soils' quality with abusive farming practices - 
most veggies and fruits grown today now contain WAY less 
nutrients than 50 years ago."
Shocking, I know.
I did my own research, and it's 110% accurate that fruits and
veggies we buy today contain way less nutrients than back in the
"good ol' days"...
- One study shows a reduction of 19% calcium, 22% iron, and 14%
- Another study shows a reduction of 38% vitamin B2, and important
declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and
vitamin C
- Another study shows a reduction of 27% calcium, 37% iron, 21%
vitamin A and 30% vitamin C
But wait, it gets worse.
These concerning numbers don't even account the fact that most of
your food has to travel thousands of miles around the world before
reaching your plate, which decreases the nutrient content further.
And don't get me started on the "fresh" apples at the grocery
According to Martin Lindstrom, author of the book "Brandwashed",
the average supermarket apple is 14 months old. (That's not a typo,
by the way)
Now, the question is... do you get enough nutrients in your diet?
The facts say otherwise...
- 80 to 90% adults in the US don't get enough vitamin D (mainly
because of poor sun exposure)
- 34% of men and 27% of women don't get enough vitamin C
- Around 74% of adults don't consume enough iodine -- a problem that
has increased by more than fourfold over the past 40 years
- One study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health shows
that 68% of Americans are magnesium deficient
- 40% of all adults are deficient in vitamin B12
All these nutrient deficiencies can take a major toll on your
health, let me tell you.
I know this sounds pretty depressing, but that's the world we live
I personally do these two things to make sure my body gets all the
nutrients it needs:
1) I still need to make it a lasting habit, but my wife has recently
bought me a brand new juicer for my birthday.
I want to start juicing several servings of veggies (with a SMALL piece
of fruit usually, to limit sugar) every single morning and get my drink on!
2) I also never miss a single day of my nutritional insurance,
This is hands down way better than any multivitamin I've ever come
across, and it tastes amazing.
The owner, Chris "The Kiwi", is really passionate about nutrition
and it shows off.
That's why his product contains NONE of the usual suspects: GMOs,
preservatives, synthetic vitamins, gluten, etc. -- and up to 12
servings of fruits and veggies in a single scoop.
It's never going to "fix" a bad diet... but if you're looking for a
nutritional insurance to take your healthy habits to the next
level, THIS is it:
By the way, if you can't afford high-end supplements, no worries.
Invest what you can afford in farm fresh organic foods instead. That's a
great start.  Try to buy local if you can, as that way you know the produce
hasn't been shipped all over the world, which means fresher produce and
higher nutrition value.
But just make sure to NEVER settle for the cheap multivitamins
you'll find in most drugstores. They will do you more harm than
good with their artificial forms of most vitamins.

Nick Pineault - aka, The Nutrition Nerd