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The claim that our food is becoming less nutritious is overblown


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The claim that our food is becoming less nutritious is overblown

Claims that our food is becoming less nutritious are often bandied about, but the truth is far more complicated, says James Wong Health | Comment 22 January 2020 By James Wong Yarvin Market Journeys / Alamy Stock PhotoYOU could be forgiven for thinking we are living in the midst of a nutritional apocalypse. “You’d have…

The claim that our food is becoming less nutritious is overblown

Claims that our food is becoming less nutritious are often bandied about, but the truth is far more complicated, says James Wong



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22 January 2020

By James Wong

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Yarvin Market Journeys / Alamy Stock Photo

YOU could be forgiven for thinking we are living in the midst of a nutritional apocalypse. “You’d have to eat 10 tomatoes today to get the same level of nutrients as one in the 1950s,” declared an activist on the radio recently.

On Twitter, there was more of the same: “One would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of vitamin A our grandparents would have gotten from one.” And at a farming conference, a speaker proclaimed that modern farming means that fruit and vegetables have been “drained of their nutrients”, showing falls of “up …

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