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A few days (or was it a couple weeks ?) ago I was flipping through the channels on TV and stumbled across the Rachael Ray show when she had a guest that was promoting his new book; Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide.
This guy sounded like he knew what he was talking about. So I bought his book that he was promoting.
The book has some tidbits on how foods have changed since the 1950's and 1970's tthrough today. So I'd thought I'd share them:

• 6 out of 13 nutrients showed major declines between 1950 and 1999: protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and ascorbic acid(vitamin C).

• Researchers looked at 43 produce items and discovered drops in protein(6 percent), calcium(16 percent), iron(15 percent), riboflavin(38 percent), and vitamin C(20 percent).

• The average piece of chicken has 266 percent more fat than it did in 1971, while it's protein content has dropped by a third

• we consume 450 calories a day from beverages, nearly twice as many as 30 years ago. This increase amounts to an extra 23 pounds a year that we're forced to work off -- or carry around with us.

--ET

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completely astounding....really...wow
I was amazed by those stats.
The book has several other noteworthy facts like those through out the book.
Such as he explains the calorie and nutritional difference between the typical burger-and-fries of the '50's and today.

I've been searching (although admittedly not very hard) on the internet for a resource that goes into greater detail of how foods have changed over the last few decades. But I haven't; so far; come across anything. :(

--ET
 

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450 calories from beverages? Since I know I don't consume that many calories in beverages, I wonder who drinks the ~300 additional calories/day that I don't get from beverges. I drink soy milk and water. Seriously. Soy milk with breakfast and sometimes a glass during the day. The rest of the time it's water.
This means that another person consumes 750 calories in beverages per day. Wow!
 

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Have you ever read the book The pH miracle for diabetes by Dr Robert young? Every diabetic, type I or II, should read this!!!! I am just starting it and I know my insulin requirements have changed in just 2 days!! Has anyone else done this diet? What happened to your insulin requirements?
 

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Wow that is interesting and very scary.

I have heard that our farming areas over process the land and have nearly zapped out all the nutrients making our foods less nutrious. Which kind of makes sense with our population exploding.

It's harder and harder to eat anything that is good for you today. Makes me wonder what our kids and grandkids will have to deal with when they start having families?

Tammy touches on a good point about pH balance in the body. I truely believe that since our body is 70% water we need to take care on what we are putting into it. With a fish tank we just drain out the water and put in more clean water. So with our body the foods and drinks we chose can maintain or mess up the delicate balance. So chose wisely and remember you are what you eat. =)
 

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I think that eating organic produce is better nutritionally than any very large farm commercially grown stuff. Organic doesn't have the pesticides, ect and the soil is better. I can taste the difference in a commercially grown and organic potatoes. Surprisingly (or not) the organic potatoes taste much like those I ate as a child, and my mother bought whatever was on the supermarket produce display. Organic was unheard of back then.
 

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I see too many products now are packaged and the amount of fast food in Australia over the last 30 years has sprung up just about everywhere.
So today we have people who have little or no cooking experience will look at fast food as their source of food. Also the fun in making it too. ;):D
 
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