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Most of us aim to eat clean and healthy, but not all of us can live up to this lofty goal! Ticking the boxes on the nutrition chart is a task, and given our hectic schedule, a seemingly impossible one. Additionally, the ‘healthy’ food you consume may also not be packed with nutrients.
Here we tell you more about this, as well as ways to fill the gaps in your diet with nutraceutical supplements.
Why Your ‘Healthy’ Food Lacks In Nutrients?
It may be hard to believe but several natural factors affect the quality and may reduce the nutritional value of fresh foods.
Climate: Weather and climatic factors that affect the quality of a crop and disrupt its nutritional levels include temperature, rainfall, and light intensity. When the conditions are right, these can significantly increase vitamin C and vitamin B1 contents of vegetables. Alternately, bad conditions can affect the nutrition uptake of the crop .
Pesticides: Pesticides are used by farmers to disinfect the crops and keep pests away. However, they contain harsh chemicals that can affect nutrient content and your health .
Management & Storage: Prolonged storage of fruits and vegetables can also decrease their nutritional values.
Washing: While washing produce is essential, it can affect their nutrition, especially if the fruit or vegetable is cut, peeled or damaged.
Cooking & Digestion: Food items that are cooked, chopped, tossed, etc. lose their potent nutrients in the process. Additionally, even if the food does retain some nutrients, they may be prematurely absorbed in your system before making a difference.