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Looking for organic vitamins? Grocery store foods are fast becoming a poor source of nutrition

Sunday, June 13, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: whole foods, nutrition, superfoods

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It's becoming inreasingly clear that even if you eat right -- choosing fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store -- you won't be getting adequate supplies of organic vitamins and minerals. ("Organic" means vitamins in their natural form rather than synthetic.) A report published by the UK-based Consumer's Association found that vitamin C levels in common grocery produce are a fraction of their textbook values. In other words: the food isn't as nutritious as it should be. Similar losses in other organic vitamins are also likely.

Grocery stores, it seems, put far more emphasis on visual appearance than nutritional value. This isn't surprising, since consumers typically select produce based almost entirely on appearance. Oranges from Florida, for example, are frequently dipped in a red dye that gives them a deeper, more saturated orange color preferred by consumers. The only problem is that this orange dye has been banned by the FDA for use in foods due to its proven cancer-causing ability. But the Florida orange industry gets away with using the dye by claiming it's only used outside the orange, not inside. With that strange caveat, the FDA allows its use.

The dramatic decline in measurable levels of organic vitamins in grocery produce (the UK study mentioned above is just one of dozens of such studies) blows away the old medical myth that, "You can get all the nutrition you need from three square meals a day..." or, "Nobody needs vitamin supplements to be healthy." A critical review of the available food supply reveals that relying on it for adequate nutrition is a life threatening mistake that inevitably leads to chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. The foods simply don't have the nutrition they used to, and grocery store produce is a poor source of organic vitamins.

One solution, of course, is to purchase and consume organic produce. Repeated tests have shown organic produce to be far more nutritious in terms of its levels of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, organic produce is more expensive and visually less appealing than traditionally-raised produce, so most consumers avoid it.

A better solution, and the one I strongly recommend and follow on a daily basis, is to stop thinking of the national food supply as a source of nutrition and start supplementing your diet with superfoods and organic vitamin supplements (whole food supplements). This is the only way you'll get adequate nutrition. Here are the best superfoods for this purpose: barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, sea vegetables, wheat grass, "greens" powders, quinoa, flax oil, extra virgin coconut oil, soy milk and tofu, green tea, amazon herbs, and various whole food vitamin supplements. This is where a healthy person gets their nutrition these days. Avoid all isolated vitamins like bottles of vitamin C tablets because, after all, most of those vitamins are synthetically produced. Instead, get all your organic vitamins and minerals from whole food supplements and superfoods. Interestingly, the best sources for organic vitamins are whole food supplements that won't even list their vitamin and mineral content. Instead, they just list the superfood ingredients like wheat grass, chlorella, and so on. You have to know enough about nutrition to figure out that these supplements are naturally very high in organic vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and health-enhancing phytochemicals.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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