Popeye's In Trouble!

Popeye   You’ve probably seen this 1950’s cartoon… Bluto’s just knocked Popeye through a wall and is dragging Olive Oyl off for his own nefarious purposes. But wait, our hero groggily grabs his can of spinach, sucks it down (the Popeye theme music starts playing), winds his arm up, flys through the air like a missile and knocks Bluto all the way to China. Popeye’s can of spinach saves the day!

   Now, fast forward to today. Amazingly the same situation develops (Bluto could use some counselling.) Popeye downs his can of spinach, but something’s wrong! Popeye can’t even get up! What’s going on?
Poor Popeye! Unfortunately today it would take 53 cans of spinach to equal the amount of nutrition in that 1951 can of spinach. How’s he going to carry that in his pocket?

    Due to green harvesting, commercial farming techniques designed to increase the size or quantity of vegetables, depletion of the soil and the use of chemicals in the growing process fruits and vegetables don’t have the same nutritional value as they used to. 

   Many studies have verified this. One study by Paul Bergner compiled data from the USDA and other sources to show the decline in mineral and vitamin content of several fruits and vegetables between 1914, 1963, and 1992. He analyzed oranges, apples, bananas, carrots, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, celery romaine lettuce, broccolli, iceberg lettuce, collard greens and chard. He found that on average these items lost 29.2% of their calcium, 32% of their iron, 21.08% of their magnesium, and 11.09% of their phosphorous from 1963 – 1992. Our food supply simply doesn’t deliver the nutrition ounce-for-ounce that it did even 40 years ago.

   Obviously we just can’t eat enough servings of fruits and vegetables to meet the minimum daily recommended allowance of critical vitamins and minerals. Well, I suppose we could, but who’s going to eat 15-18 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? This is one of the main reasons why most authorities now recommend dietary supplements.

     To make matters worse, whatever nutrients remain in fruits and vegetables are then seriously depleted by processing. For instance a USDA study showed a 76% loss in vitamin C when fruits and vegetables are canned. It is certainly better to eat raw fruits aand vegetables, but as stated before even in the raw state, adequate levels of nutrients are just not there.

   If you’re going to take advantage of dietary supplements make sure that they are based on “real food technology” and contain plant processed vitamins and minerals and not synthetic chemical vitamins and minerals. Our body recognizes and assimilates plant processed vitamin-mineral supplements. Other types of supplements are absorbed only 5-10%.  And look for the NSF certification mark on the label which means that the product has been tested by NSF and actually contains the vitamins and minerals it says it has on the label.

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1 comment to Popeye’s In Trouble!

  • Hello Gerald,

    Thanks for the follow on Twitter. Glad you liked the background which is one of the views from my front verandah.

    I love your web page which is full of invaluable health information. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone followed your advice!!

    Best wishes,


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