Greetings my quality food advocates!
Let’s talk about one of the all time greats of nutrition: Dr. Weston A. Price. You can read his story by clicking on his name. It is an incredible story. I will go into detail why WAP is such an excellent human in a future blog. Today, however, I am going to use his research to make a point about supplements.
I was preparing dinner for my family last night and started to think about the nutrient content of the meal. Weird, I know, that I would be thinking about something related to nutrition ;) I went online and looked up the mineral content of the steak that I was preparing. Then I picked up my copy of WAP’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. While conducting international research, WAP found that modern foods contain 1/10 of the fat soluble nutrients (like Vitamin D) and 1/4 of the minerals (like Calcium and Zinc) than traditional, less processed foods. I have known this for years and it still blows me away because the research about nutrient levels in food was conducted almost 100 years ago!
WAP found that our modern foods have less nutrients than traditional foods. This explains why we need supplements.
For example: modern steak has about 5 mg of Zinc in a 4 oz serving. That should be 20mg of Zinc in a 4 oz serving. Just to break even, eating a small steak, requires taking 1.5 Zinc Liver Chelate tablets. And that is only at one meal!
What if you have a Zinc deficiency? The 1.5 Zinc Liver Chelate broke you even for 1 meal. We haven’t begun to address the deficiency! Now you need additional Zinc to correct the deficiency.
That example was one nutrient, at one meal.
I hear people ask why do I need to take supplements? This explains why.