Fact or Fiction: You can get everything you need from the food you eat
Not long ago, most doctors, nutritionists, and government agencies told us we didn't need nutritional supplements. They said we could get all of our nutrition from food.
But then the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did the most extensive research project ever done on the American diet? They studied the daily food and nutritional intake from a cross section of over 21,000 men, women and children. Their findings shocked them.
The USDA discovered that not one single person in the study was getting all their minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) requirements from the foods they were eating.
And I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the RDA’s were considered to be only “adequate,” by the people who set them up. They’re the bare bones minimum nutritional amounts necessary to prevent some known deficiency diseases, such as scurvy, beriberi and rickets.
The RDA’s are not the optimum level of nutrients necessary to create buoyant, vibrant health. And yet not one single person in the study was getting even “adequate” nutrition.
Adequate versus Optimum Nutrition
The RDA for Vitamin C is only 60 milligrams. But recent studies show the ODA (optimum daily allowance) of C is at least 500 milligrams. Getting the ODA of vitamin C not only protects you from scurvy, it also helps protect against colds, flues, viruses and many deadly diseases.
Now the RDA for E is 30 International Units (IU). Two very good sources are peanuts and brown rice, but in order to get "adequate" vitamin E from these two foods you would have to eat:
- at least 10 oz. of peanuts with 1,050 calories
- or 2 and ¼ pounds of brown rice at 1,575 calories.
Now let’s look at the ODA for Vitamin E. Research shows in order to take advantage of the many health protective benefits of E, you should be getting between 200 and 400 IU's.
So how much food would you have to eat to get the ODA for Vitamin E? Well, I hope you’re hungry! Because to get "optimum" nutrition you’ll have to eat:
- a minimum of 40 cups of peanuts at 33,600 calories
- or 130 cups of brown rice with 91,000 calories!
To make matters worse, of the 26 nutrients known to be essential to human beings, only 16 are necessary for plant growth. Going for bigger profits from higher yields, modern commercial industry uses artificial fertilizers, which overlook these 10 other essential human nutrients.
For example, our food has plenty of phosphorus because plants need it to grow. But plants don't need chromium or selenium to thrive, so artificial fertilizers leave out these important minerals.
Therefore, most commercially grown food is deficient in chromium and selenium. And these are essential minerals for protecting against cancer, diabetes and premature aging.
So what do you think? Can you get everything you need from the food you eat?
Maybe in a textbook, lab or pristine fantasy world with pure, non-toxic, high-nutrient food, where everyone eats exactly what they're supposed to eat. But in this real world, I don’t think so.
And I’m certainly not going to rely on our "modern" food chain to protect me from degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and diabetes.
What You Can Do to Get and Stay Healthy
- Eat for great health and avoid unhealthy food.
- Increase your intake of healthy high fiber foods.
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- Eat plenty of healthy vegetables from the vegetable list.
- Choose more fresh raw nutritious fruits from the fruit list.
- Stick with organic produce and meats whenever possible.
- Limit your salt, bad fat and and refined carb high glycemic foods.
- Increase your water intake and reduce sodas, coffee and alcohol.
- Use weight loss strategies that work to maintain optimum weight.
- Manage your stress with good eustress distress management.
- And take the best high quality nutritional health supplements.
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