Your fruit and veggies are not as good as they look

My husband was ripping up some paper for the wood stove this evening and in the process found the following item. It takes a long time for the wood stove to get lit sometimes!

From an article in ‘The Prince George Citizen’, July 10, 2006 quoting Thomas Pawlick, an award winning science writer from Kingston, Ontario, author of “The End of Food: How the Food Industry is Destroying our Food Supply – and what we can do about it” published by Greystone Books in Vancouver, BC

Eating five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day may not be enough if the government nutrient tables can be believed. For us to get the same amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that our grandparents did or even our parents we would have to eat five times as much or more of the same items. For example, Pawlick says that a fresh tomato bought from the supermarket has 61% less calcium than it did in the 1950’s. Losses in our produce have been as much as 70% and it is because of the way the crops are grown and raised.

The large corporations that supply our supermarkets select their varieties of fruit and vegetables not for their nutrition value but for their appearance and shelf life. Produce must have a uniformity so that every tomato or strawberry looks the same, and they all have to be ripe on the same day so they can be machined harvested.

Imported produce is harvested prematurely and artificially ripened with ethylene gas. This decreases the amount of sugar and flavour in the fruit as opposed to allowing it to ripen on the vine. Pawlick suggests buying locally grown produce, as there is less time between picking and eating therefore more nutrients will still be in the product. The corporate food industry is not interested in our nutrition but we are paying a price in health and so will our children.

While I am sure this is all true, we in Canada have little choice in winter but to buy what is trucked or flown in from warmer climes. It maybe that frozen or canned goods are actually better for you than those in the produce department since they will have been processed at the time of picking, and presumably are ripe at that time.

My husband loves oranges but he says he hasn’t had a really sweet and juicy one for a long time, they are picked too soon, packed and it takes several days or even weeks to get here, so not only are they tasteless, the Vitamin C that they are promoted for has not even developed because they have not the required amount of sunshine.

Why sugar is bad for you

So don’t eat too many cookies over Christmas!

Here are just some of the things sugar does to your body

  1. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  2. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  3. Sugar can cause asthma.
  4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  5. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  6. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
  7. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
  8. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.
  9. Sugar can cause depression.
  10. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
  11. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.
  12. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  13. Sugar feeds cancer.
  14. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
  15. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  16. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  17. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.
  18. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
  19. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.
  20. Sugar causes constipation.

For the full list checkout ‘146 Reasons why sugar is bad for you’