Food Nutrition: Nutritional Content of Foods

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Food Nutrition: Eating Fresh

There are numerous health benefits to consuming fresh fruits and vegetables. If one was to have a diet mainly of fresh local food the nutritional advantages would range from reduced risk of disease to getting extra nutrients your body needs. This is because when produce is harvested at its ripest it contains the highest levels of nutritional content of foods.

However this is only true when it is picked at its ripest. This has been shown in studies where vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begin to deteriorate after being picked, so the sooner you eat it the more nutritional value it has. Foods found in supermarkets have normally been picked early and ripened on their way to their final sale spot.

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Factors Affecting Nutritional Content of Foods

Exposure to air - The longer the exposure after picking, the more its nutritional value will be affected.

Temperature Changes - Being exposed to multiple temperature changes can cause food to lose some of their nutritional value.

Artificial light - Being stored under artificial light can speed up the aging process, causing food to lose vital nutrients.

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Food Looks the Same Today, But Is It?

Food Nutrition

The landscape of food has changed. Not only is it available 24/7 and marketed to us using mobile apps and Internet games, but it is also full of lots of ingredients that just didn't exist when we were kids. So while our food may look the same, it now contains artificial, engineered and genetically altered ingredients that are so new that patents have been filed on them in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

But we are quickly learning that the ingredients in our foods - the good ones that include vitamins and minerals and the ones that have the potential to cause harm - have a lot to do with the health of our families

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Food Matters, 2008, James Colquhoun

Optimum Nutrition of Food Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

You are what you eat! Food does matter. Find out how you can get the optimum nutrition your body needs.

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Locavore: Local Diet, Healthy Planet, 2009, Jay Canode

Locavore, the movie, is truly a local production. You won't find any big name "Foodie" celebrities in this production - they're not needed. The Living Farm's Lynn Gillespie plus Jay Canode use local talent to describe what a locavore is all about. Locavore is positive - it does not go into the graphic details of industrial agriculture issues. Locavore, on the other hand, is more instructive. Instructive in the sense that the movie makers let the locals themselves tell the locavore story. The movie includes a number of anecdotes from locals who convince the audience with sincerity the benefits of eating locally in terms of physical and community economic health.

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