1 Small Change – 4 Big Benefits

Nature’s Secret Nutrition Powerhouses
Wrecked by Agribusiness

Here’s how to get the natural goodness your body craves…

Eating your fruits and vegetables may not be giving you the health benefits you think.

The reason lies in where those fruits and veggies come from. If you buy the perfectly colored, uniformly shaped offerings at your local grocery store, you might not be getting the nutrition you expect.

Big corporate farms grow most produce at your supermarket. And we can’t blame them for wanting to produce a product that’s beautiful to behold, holds up well in transit, and is economical to grow. But these farms tend to overwork the soil, and over the years, that reduces nutrients not only in the soil but in the fruits and vegetables that come from it.

Another problem is the varieties of fruits and vegetables these farms tend to grow. They focus on fast growing, pest-resistant, high-yield varieties. The downside is, these varieties simply don’t absorb nutrients as well as those that grow more slowly and need a little more care.

Just 30 years ago, a head of broccoli or a carrot would have had notably higher levels of vitamins and minerals. Between 1950 and 1999, scientists tracked changes in the nutritional value of 43 different fruits and vegetables. They found that levels of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B2 had all declined steadily. That means that even when you think you’re making healthy choices, you still aren’t getting the full health benefits nature intended. You’re being nutritionally short-changed in the name of vegetables that are easier to grow and look prettier.

Get More Bang for Your Buck
When It Comes to Nutrition

You don’t have to be at the mercy of nutritionally lightweight fruits and vegetables that are often much less flavorful than they could be. They may look pretty, but you’re missing out. Fortunately, we have an easy fix for you. You can make one change that brings you four benefits.

  • It will improve the nutrition you’re getting from the fruits and vegetables you eat.
  • It will give you access to a wider variety of produce, and greater variety means a more complete nutritional profile.
  • It will improve the taste of your fruits and vegetables dramatically.

  • It will even increase your self-reliance.

We’re talking about heirloom vegetables and fruits. Heirloom seeds hold a special place among gardeners and people who love good food. Heirloom foods have usually been around for at least 50 years, are grown from seeds, and the seeds are passed down through generations of growers.

Typically, heirlooms look less uniform than the produce you usually find at the grocery store. They come in odd shapes and strange colors and a greater range of sizes.

The produce that comes from heirloom plants simply tastes better than what you’ll get from a hybrid plant or what you’ll find at most grocery stores. Mass marketed produce is selected and grown based on how resistant it is to pests and how easy it is to transport. Few farming conglomerates grow food because it’s the best tasting variety.

Your supermarket probably carries two or three kinds of tomatoes… maybe half a dozen on a good day. But if you buy from local farmers or grow your own, you’ll soon discover that heirloom varieties offer you dozens and dozens of choices. This is true for every type of fruit and vegetable you can think of. By choosing to buy or grow your own heirloom vegetables, you’ll increase the different kinds of food in your diet. Instead of eating just one kind of tomato, you may work six or seven into your menu during the week. You’ll discover different colored carrots and potatoes to choose from and so much more. This is good news for your health.

In studies, researchers have found that people who eat a diet filled with diverse fruits and vegetables tend to have healthier DNA as they age. Heirloom foods can help make that possible.

Finally, growing and buying heirloom foods helps to preserve crop diversity. Those big corporate farms usually grow wheat, genetically modified corn, or soy. The bigger they get, the less room there is for other foods to grow. When you grow heirlooms yourself, you preserve the seeds to pass down again and again. And when you buy heirloom foods, you support the farmers who grow them.

In terms of nutrition, health, and self-reliance, growing and buying heirloom foods is a win-win-win.