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Are Europeans Getting Their ‘Five A Day’?

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A survey has revealed that people in some European countries are consuming many more portions of fruit and vegetables in a typical week than those in other countries.


Even for people who regularly consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, obtaining optimum dietary amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients isn’t easy. Independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland, and other countries show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades.

The main culprit in this worrying development is soil depletion. Modern intensive agricultural approaches are stripping increasing amounts of essential nutrients from the soil. The inevitable result of this is that each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant fruits and vegetables is less nutritious than the previous one.

To learn more about this important topic, see the special feature, ‘Can’t we get all of the vitamins we need in our food?’, on our website.

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