Everyone Needs a Multiple
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Why is the nutritional value of fresh foods decreasing?
One of the culprits seems to be the creation of “hybrid” forms of fruits and vegetables, which are designed more for color and shelf life than nutritional value. Unfortunately, they too often include more indigestible cellulose, sugar and water than essential micronutrients. Recent discoveries have also shown that unbelievablly sloppy shipping practices deplete nutrient density of fresh foods.
Bodies starved for nutrition will continue to crave empty calorie, high-carb foods until they feel some sense of satiety. This does not mean that vitamin supplements will replace a nutrient-dense diet. It simply means that a well-designed multiple (based on the scientific information we have today) can provide many of the nutrients missing from our food sources and in many cases help prevent or slow the progression of age-related degenerative disease.
The Calorie Model is a 60 year old rough analogy The calorie model suggests a closed system that does not exist. It grossly oversimplifies and does not attempt to explain many observations that we can no longer afford to ignore. It has everything to do with liberated energy and very little to do with biological processes that do not involve combustion. It considers food for its combustive energy and completely ignores what actually happens to food molecules inside the body.
Overeating is always bad and never good. But the phenomenon of obesity is far more complex than calorie theory proponents want to admit. We can no longer afford to ignore the dwindling nutritional value of our fresh and processed food supply, nor can we ignore the societal impact of dwindling nutrition.
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Food and nutrient intakes and their association with lower BMI in middle-aged US adults: the international Study of Macro / Micronutrients and Blood Pressure. Shay CM, Van Horn L, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2012 Sep: 96(3): 483-491 [abstract]