The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 92 percent of Americans do not get sufficient nutrients from the foods they eat. Their dietary guidelines include balancing diet with exercise, eating grains with fruits and vegetables, eating a low fat diet, choosing a diet low in sugars, salt and alcohol, and not smoking or using tobacco.
To meet these guidelines, supplementation is needed—especially for children and the elderly. A child who doesn’t receive proper nutrition will not achieve maximum physical and mental potential. The immune systems will not function correctly, bones don’t grow properly and muscles are weak.
Most children develop their eating habits in the home and have established their eating and exercise habits by age 15. A recent report claims Americans are drinking more soda and eating less fresh whole foods. Those habits can carry on into later years. Here are the results from a recent survey of college students:
- 15 percent of college students did not eat any vegetables
- 40 percent ate a diet high in foods like French fries and ketchup, which they consider to be healthy forms of potatoes and tomatoes
- 20 percent did not consume any fruit
During the four years of college, the average girl gains 20 pounds. This diet shows one reason why. It has been reported that in the year 1900 the average person consumed 6-8 pounds of sugar per year. Today the estimate is over 200 pounds of sugar—and 1 in 13 adults are becoming diabetic in the process!
Conversely, there are tremendous benefits for those who consume natural fruit nectars and green drinks, eat vegetables, and keep sugar to a minimum. Adding fresh food to your diet provides antioxidants that neutralize toxins.
It is important to eat organic produce. Our fruits and vegetables are radiated with up to 30 million x-rays to stop the enzymes from softening fresh fruit. Genetically- altered fruits and vegetables can be detrimental to our health.