Nutrients in fruits and vegetables on the decline

March 22, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Nutrients in fruits and vegetables on the decline

According to research published in the Food Commission, researchers have found that nutrient levels in some fruits and vegetables have declined by up to 35 percent in the last 50 years.

Agriculture practices such as the widespread use of pesticides, plant growth regulators that cause plants to grow bigger and faster are being blamed for the decrease.

Recent studies have shown a decline between 5 and 35 percent in some vitamins, minerals and protein in certain fruits, vegetables and wheat. Other studies have shown the iron content of some varieties of meat have decreased by an average of 47 percent, while that of milk has decreased by 60 percent.

Researchers are calling on the industry and regulators to address this issue and reverse the decline.

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