Will an apple a day with 40% less vitamin A, 40% less iron and 30% less phosphorous still keep the doctor away? This is the reality we face today with regards to our food. Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.
Several decades ago, researchers determined that plants only needed three minerals to grow - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK). At the time, this seemed like a good solution, as the cost of traditional farming methods could be greatly reduced. Unfortunately, the research did not consider what minerals were needed for humans to grow. Even though NPK can deliver produce that looks and tastes good, it is sorely lacking in nutrients.
Today one would have to eat 8 oranges to derive the same amount of beta carotene, as our grandparents would have gotten from one!
What is the solution…grow your own!
I know this can seem daunting for those who haven’t tried but its amazing what you can grow from a small plot or even some pots. Herbs are especially awesome as they pack a punch nutrient and flavour wise. There is nothing more satisfying than picking your own food for a meal.
If you want some help with getting started or simply want some tips I have a gardening facebook group that I have just started up (I am determined to make gardening sexy again!!). Now that winter is around the corner, next month is the time we need to get your beds ready for some yummy winter veg. If you are interested, join my facebook group @ VINKA Gardening Group.
If growing your own is not for you right now then I recommend taking a good multi-vitamin to cover all the bases. Make sure you choose a multi-vitamin that is whole food based. Otherwise you will just pee your money down the toilet! One way to know you are on a whole food supplement is you will have to take more than one pill (usually 6 or more for a multi-vitamin).