Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion. 24th February 2016 By Marco Torres Guest Writer for Wake Up World What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious?
What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness? Whether it be vegan, low carb, paleo, or any other diet, the quest for the healthiest method of eating shows no sign of abating, yet all have considerable controversy. Things have changed so much since the wisdom of our ancestors was lost or ignored. Were the people who foraged for these wild foods healthier than we are today? Some of the most eye-catching work in this area has come from Donald Davis, a now-retired biochemist at the University of Texas. Fruit and vegetables grown have shown similar depletions.
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Sprouts. Oils. Homemade. Seeds, Nuts & Grains. Plants & Their Fruits. Spices. Herbs. Vitamin & Supplements. Superfoods are bullshit. Like many of you with an interest in natural medicine, my foray into this field was guided by altruism, as a way to reconnect to our shared human heritage, and the healing wisdom of the earth.
It thus came somewhat of a surprise to me, when during my training and after when I began to practice, to see the degree to which moneyed interests controlled the natural health industry, reducing the sophisticated and subtle principles I had studied to a loud and obtuse marketing noise. Over the years as I have built up my experience and knowledge, I have had some occasion to work on the industry side of things, and although my tenure has thankfully been brief, it was sufficient to confirm everything I ever thought that was negative about it.
This is why I generally avoid health food products (and health food stores) like the plague: I am just too aware of what goes on within the industry. The product in question may have some merit, but there is good reason to be skeptical. Superfoods are bullshit, part 2. When I published part one of this two part series on superfoods, we received so much traffic that it almost crashed our website!
I guess I might have touched a nerve with this issue, which isn’t surprising to me, considering just how long we have been sold this “superfood” myth. What’s been more surprising to me is how few people have spoken out on this issue before. I always thought it was obvious, but I guess that’s a reflection of just how out-of-step I am with the natural health industry. My goal is to teach both my patients and students to become self-reliant, to develop for themselves an insightful and penetrating vision of health that allows them to see past the hype.
This is why I include a strong component of patient education in my clinical practice, and was part of my motivation to found the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine in 2012. Which brings me back to superfoods. WHAT IS IT? My own personal experience? WHAT IS IT? Not only is Mr.