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The USDA Recommends Nine Fruits and Veggies a Day

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised the dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption from five, then seven, and now nine servings per day.

Following are a few quick reasons why we need this many daily servings for good health:

- Six of the ten leading causes of disease - heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and scarring of the liver - can be traced to unhealthy nutritional habits.

- A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, using thirty-six years of data, concluded that people who did not get enough nutrition were at an increased risk of disease, including heart disease and cancer.

- Obesity is on the rise in the United States, including 66% of adults.

- According to recent studies, seven out of ten people will die of heart disease, cancer or stroke.

- Due to modern farming techniques, much of our soil is depleted of essential nutrients. Farmers now fertilize the soil with a limited number of nutrients - mainly nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This grows nice, big crops - but the plants don't have enough nutrients.

- According to the 1992 Earth Summit, North America has the worst soil in the world. Eighty-five percent of nutrients have been depleted from it.

- U.S. Senate issued Document 246, which says the soil in the U.S. no longer provides plant foods with enough minerals needed for human nourishment.

- Crops are often harvested before they're ripe and stored for long periods of time. For example, 80% of the nutrition in tomatoes comes from the last two weeks on the vine. Yet it is harvested well before that time.

Mineral Content

- Comparing the USDA handbook of 1972 to the USDA food tables of today show dramatic reductions in nutrient content. For example:
  • An apple has 20% the nutrition of an apple fifty years ago.
  • Half the calcium in broccoli has disappeared
  • Half the vitamin a in collared greens is gone
  • Calcium in pineapple went from 17 mg to 7 mg
These astonishing losses in nutrients eventually have a significant impact on your health.

- Cooking at over 120 degrees kills a significant amount of nutrition in many foods

- Harm is done in order to give produce longer shelf life, better taste and a healthy appearance.

These are just a few quick reasons why the USDA has raised the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables to nine per day for good health.

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