Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Maximizing Your Nutrition Dollar > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Maximizing Your Nutrition Dollar

Because of consumer demand, the food industry focus is on producing fruits and vegetables that ship well, not nutrient content. How food is stored and processed has an impact on nutrition. The best defense against nutritionally depleted foods is careful supplementation followed by purchasing fresh foods as close to the source and organically grown whenever feasible.

Getting the most nutrition for every dollar spent is of great concern for those interested in maintaining good health. Yet for the average consumer, the nutrition derived from fresh food dollars has substantially decreased over the past three decades. Why is this happening and what can be done about it?

Everyone wants good nutrition from the foods we eat and we are encouraged to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet in light of the methods used to bring food to our tables, getting even minimal levels of nutrients from the foods we eat can be a challenge. Why is it such a challenge to get good nutrition from our most basic foods?

The answer lies in many of the habits of our modern lifestyle. We no longer live on farms, so our foods often must travel great distances from field to table. Because consumers demand produce with an attractive (read 'perfect') appearance, the food industry focus is on producing fruits and vegetables that ship well, not nutrient content. Picked green in the field and shipped in cold storage, many types of produce that look great in the store fail to produce optimal nutrients that develop only in the ripe state, or lose much of their nutrients in cold dark conditions. Examples of this are tomatoes and lettuce. Vine ripened tomatoes are proven to contain higher levels of beta-carotene, lycopene and soluble fiber than green picked fruit. Lettuce loses up to 46% of certain nutrients within 7 days of cold, dark storage.

Another reason for nutrient poor produce is the very soils they are grown in. Soils throughout North America have been depleted since the 'dust bowl' years of the 1930's. Soil depletion is a problem worldwide, because of poor farming methods that take from the soil without returning the minerals vital to good health. Modern methods replace only the minerals necessary for good plant growth, not trace minerals essential for human health. Although this trend is beginning to be reversed by today's organic farmer's careful cultivation of the soil, depletion continues to be a problem throughout the world with little attention paid to the contribution of trace minerals to good health.

How food is stored on the grocery shelf also has an impact on nutrition. Tomato juice retains vitamin C better in cans than in glass containers, whereas orange juice retains its vitamin C better in glass than plastic or glass containers. Vitamin K as well as some B vitamins is depleted by exposure to light, including fluorescent light present in grocery stores. For example, enriched pastas can lose up to 80% riboflavin content if stored in lighted conditions for just 12 weeks.

Other factors that influence nutritional quality of fresh fruits and vegetables include washing, preparation (chopping, slicing, etc.), and cooking and storage methods in the home. There are too many known variables in preserving food nutritional quality to list in this brief article. Yet, very little research has been done to fully determine nutrient losses in our modern food system.

There is a very good source available which summarizes much of what is known. Written by Jane Ramberg, MS and Bill McAnalley, PhD and titled, "From Farm to the Kitchen Table: A Review of the Nutrient Losses in Foods", published in the Glycoscience & Nutrition journal, September 1, 2002 issue, volume 3, number 5, this informative summary is the basis for information provided in this article. Anyone who desires a free copy of the entire summary may obtain one by contacting the author at the source listed in the author's bio.

The best defense against nutritionally depleted foods is careful supplementation followed by purchasing fresh foods as close to the source and organically grown whenever feasible. Maximizing your nutrition dollar by getting optimal nutrition from all sources is your best offensive move for maintaining good health.

Karen Walker is a home business consultant specializing in the health and wellness industry.

http://www.newamericanfamily.com

eMail to: karen@newamericanfamily.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Katy Times

Katy ISD on forefront of school nutrition
Katy Times
As Katy Independent School District continues to grow and flourish, the Nutrition and Food Services Department is expanding its program to meet the needs of Katy students. “The school district's enrollment is currently at just over 77,000 students. And ...


GazetteNET

Northampton Senior Center seeks nutrition coordinator
GazetteNET
NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Senior Center is interviewing for a nutrition program coordinator to help to develop and run food and nutrition programming as part of an expansion of those offerings at the center. Among their duties, the coordinator ...


Feedstuffs

Effect of genetic factors on nutrition: The genes are not to blame ...
Science Daily
Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team has systematically analyzed scientific articles and ...
N&H TOPLINE: Do genetic factors affect nutrition?Feedstuffs
The genes are not to blameEurekAlert (press release)

all 2 news articles »

Corn Nation

Nutritionist Dave Ellis returns to run Nebraska's Performance ...
Corn Nation
Hot on the heels of Ron Brown's return to Nebraska, Nebraska has announced the return of sports nutritionist Dave Ellis as the director of Nebraska's ...
Nebraska brings back Dave Ellis as director of performance nutrition ...Lincoln Journal Star
Nebraska brings back Dave Ellis, the 'leading professional' in his field, as director of nutritionOmaha World-Herald

all 4 news articles »

247Sports

Husker athletics makes big hire for Performance Nutrition
247Sports
The Husker athletic department announced a significant addition on Friday. It's someone else who is returning home. Dave Ellis has been hired as the Director of Performance Nutrition for Husker sports. He was involved with the introduction of the ...


Trussvilletribune

Planet Nutrition opens with vision to help community achieve fitness, health goals
Trussvilletribune
By Tanna M. Friday. Editor. TRUSSVILLE — Just a year ago, a Louisiana native, Steve LeJeune, moved his family to Trussville and joined a new business venture that combines health and nutrition. Planet Nutrition, based in Layfayette, Lousiana, is ...


Meadville Tribune

Smucker to shut down Ainsworth Pet Nutrition's Meadville office ...
Meadville Tribune
The Meadville office operations of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition are set to close, but Meadville's manufacturing operations will continue, according to J.M. Smucker Co.
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition In Meadville appear ready to close downYourErie
Smucker closing Ainsworth Pet Nutrition's Crawford County offices ...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Files WARN Notice as Company Prepares to ...erienewsnow.com

all 7 news articles »

UCSF News Services

Novel Nutrition Bar Improves Asthma Symptoms in Obese Teens ...
UCSF News Services
A pilot clinical trial by CHORI researchers has found that targeted nutrient therapy can improve lung function in obese individuals with asthma, without requiring ...
Nutrition bar improves lung function in overweight, obese teens with asthmaHealio

all 2 news articles »

Business Wire (press release)

ADM Animal Nutrition Recalls Mintrate
Business Wire (press release)
DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ADM Animal Nutrition, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling 200-pound tubs of Mintrate® 36-15 Breed Right Tub cattle feed, product number 54549AAA6H, because the product may ...

and more »

Quinn on Nutrition: What does your garden grow?
Manhattan Mercury
Known in France as “aubergine,” this purple vegetable hits the top of its growing season in August and September, according to an article in Food and Nutrition magazine. Super low in calories (1 cup of cooked eggplant has just 35 calories), this ...

Google News

Fluoride Debate Continues

The debate regarding Fluoride continues to rage, is it good... Read More

10 Flaxseed Facts to Improve Your Nutrition

Flaxseeds may be the smallest seeds you will find in... Read More

Olive Oil, the Healthy Choice

Olive oil is a healthy choice over other fats such... Read More

What You Should Know About

I don't understand people sometimes. You know, there is a... Read More

The No 1 Reason Why Most Diets Fail & What to Do About It

How many times have you tried to diet/lose weight in... Read More

Unhealthy Foods: How To Become Disgusted By Junk Foods That Make You Fat

With today's time constraints, stressful jobs, and "thin is in"... Read More

Prevent Constipation and Other Health Ailments with Papaya

Constipation is a condition whereby the fecal matter traveling through... Read More

Death, Aging, Rejuvenation (Part 1)

I would like to raise a question: Is Rejuvenation possible... Read More

The Importance of Good Nutrition in Keeping Your Smile Beautiful and Your Mouth Healthy

A beautiful smile and healthy mouth actually can come from... Read More

What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar?

Unfortunately, the words "diet" and "cheating" go hand in hand.... Read More

How to Use Flax Seed

You can eat whole flax seeds but you need to... Read More

Diet and Eczema

Much controversy and argument surrounds the idea that food may... Read More

Nutrient Requirements of Women in Sport

Female and male athletes respond to training in a fairly... Read More

Seven Secret Agents That Can Help You Live To 120

You know about Vitamins A,C, D, E ,and the B's... Read More

Summer Sun Cures

With summer comes more sun and with more sun comes... Read More

Ginger 4 Spleen - A Love Story!

For all I prefer to buy my fresh produce at... Read More

The Secrets of the Centenarians: How to Live to 100!

When Helen Boardman was still a girlish 99, she fell... Read More

Fat: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When it comes to planning a healthy diet, fat is... Read More

The Cost Of Being Sick And One Possible Alternative: Glyconutrition

A lot of people I've talked with about health supplements... Read More

Your bodys pH

So what's all the shake up about anyway?. To put... Read More

Go Nuts!

Nuts of all kinds (I am talking peanuts, cashews etc)... Read More

The Omega Zone Diet and Fish Oil

The Omega Zone Diet and specialists' opinion"Omega RX Zone -... Read More

Food Intolerance

Many people experience unpleasant reactions to foods they have eaten... Read More

Juicing - A Beginners Guide

You can spot a juicer a mile off at the... Read More

Inactive Alert: Essential Proteins for Sedentary People

The importance of protein in diet has been clearly established... Read More