The Nutrition in your Food.

Do you have a parent or grandparent in their 80’s or 90’s? Besides the niggles and worries that come with age, are they relatively fit? Don’t be surprised. In fact, we have even described the reason why in our everyday conversation; that they lived in another era. It was an era where pollution levels and stress were lower, and the food that we ate was healthy, as compared to the lifestyles that we live. You are not far from the truth.

Research has shown that the nutrition in our food has changed a fair bit over time. Our ancestors may not have lived for very long, but lifestyle diseases did not cause their death. One of the important reasons for this could have been the nutrition that they got from their food. Look up the nutrition value of a tomato on google. It will give you a breakdown of the vitamins and minerals and carbohydrates that the tomato contains. Of course, what remains unsaid is that the vegetable that you are eating may or may not contain the same nutritional value.

In fact, the actual nutritional value varies wildly depending on where you sourced it from, how many modifications were made due to cross-breeding, the pesticides that were used and even how long it remained in cold storage before it got to you. Some research has shown that the iron content, for example, might just be ten percent of what you think the vegetable contains. Other research shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere may be interfering with the quality of the plant or vegetable.

So when you do your bit and eat the mix of fruits and vegetables advised, you may still not be meeting your nutritional goals. There are no easy answers as the quality of food can change daily. Perhaps, only a global movement to nurture our farms and ensure that we get the nutrition that we need will solve this problem? Do you have any thoughts?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.