It hasn’t been too long since the American Medical Association officially announced that Americans needed to start taking vitamin supplements to maintain their health. While there are probably many reasons for this, one of the most glaring is the fact that our general food supply sucks.
This announcement harkens a very sad fact, in my opinion: Americans can no longer get the essential nutrients we need from the food we eat. I suppose it’s easier to get millions of Americans to start taking supplements than it is to make a billion dollar industry change its practices.
Although I have much to say about most facets of the American food supply, for the purposes of this article I want to discuss the most vital food component on the planet: raw vegetables. It’s the most vital food component because, with rare exceptions, every organism on Earth either eats raw vegetables or eats animals that eat raw vegetables.
Basically speaking, without raw vegetable consumption, the planet would die.
Giving the American population the benefit of the doubt, very few people are apparently aware of how desperately our bodies are craving the nutrients found in raw vegetables.
If the general population really is aware of this and still doesn’t eat more raw vegetables, that fact is sadder than the announcement from the AMA.
Raw vegetables are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements, enzymes and natural sugars. All of these are things that your body needs to function properly and the raw veggies will help stabilize and normalize your natural bodily functions. They actually help pretty much ALL of your natural bodily functions operate.
So, with the explanation of the general benefits regarding vegetables in front of you, you may be wondering why it is I’ve been advocating eating them raw. The explanation for that is contains three points which are incredibly disturbing to me: So, with the explanation of the general benefits regarding vegetables in front of you, you may be wondering why it is I’ve been advocating eating them raw.
The explanation for that is contains three points which are incredibly disturbing to me:
- Scientific studies have shown that the commercially produced vegetables today aren’t nearly as nutritious as they were 50 years ago. One of the likely causes for this is the fact that farming has been advanced to the point that it doesn’t take nearly as long for a vegetable to be full grown though that doesn’t mean that they are nutritiously mature. They don’t lay underground as long as they used to, so they don’t have the same opportunity to fully develop.
- Most Americans purchase their vegetables in the produce section of the local grocery story. However, the local grocery store has its vegetables shipped in from all over the country. Since vegetables naturally begin to lose their nutritional value the moment they are harvested, the travel time between the production farm and the produce department allows for significant nutrient loss.
- All forms of cooking vegetables reduce their nutritional content. Even steaming, which is by far the healthiest form of cooking, still makes the vegetables less nutritious than they would be if eaten raw.
So, you put it all together and the picture is pretty scary. Our commercially available vegetables aren’t as nutritious as they used to be when they are harvested; they start losing the nutritious value that they do have at harvest; they continue losing it all along the route to your local grocery store; and then you cook them which reduces the nutritional value even further.
We may be better off coloring cardboard green and eating it.
Seriously, this is a sincere problem for the general health of America. I’m advocating eating raw vegetables in an attempt to salvage their incredibly reduced nutritional value. To really combat this problem you need to start growing your own vegetables organically or, barring that, purchase them at the local farmer’s market.Or, as the AMA suggests, you can just start popping supplements and continue eating cardboard. Mmmmmm, cardboard.