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Who is monitoring the nutritional value of our food?

Mon 19/12/2016 by Pierre Escodo
We already have food standards, audits and certification to ensure food safety. But who is keeping watch over food’s nutritional value?

Futurologists foresee an important convergence occurring between food and health care.

With the degradation of public health systems, people will increasingly use food as medicine – both for cure and prevention. Fruit and vegetables will surely be at the forefront of this dietary approach, but are we properly preparing for it?

The reality is research shows a decline in the nutrients in our food. One study of 43 fruits and vegetables, for example, found that on average the level of vitamin C fell 20% and riboflavin 38% over the last half of the 20th century.

And there are other issues, too, such as excessive nitrogen in food.

It’s time to stop the loss of the nutritional value of our fruit and vegetables and instead start improving it.

We already have food standards, audits and certification to ensure food safety. But who is keeping watch over food’s nutritional value?

From the pen of editor Pierre Escodo in edition 146 of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read more from that issue online here.

 

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