Dirt Poor: Not All Vegetables are Created Equal

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Check out this article in Scientific American about how soil quality can impact the nutritional value of the fruits and vegetables.


(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Crops depend on soil for nutrients, minerals and vitamins. With the proliferation of “modern intensive agricultural methods”—such as over-planting and heavy use of fertilizers— which can strip  nutrients from the soil,” the fruits and vegetables we eat today may have less nutritional value than those that were grown forty years ago.

But the article doesn’t advise consumers to stop eating broccoli, apples, carrots and oranges; Fruits and vegetables are still an important source of vitamins and nutrients. To find the fruits and vegetables with the most nutritional value, the article suggests, look for the healthiest soil—and try to consume organic produce that is grown locally.

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