NUTRITION IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS - MEETING OPTMUM INTAKES
The answer to this question is, yes we can, but not through the food we eat alone. There is a need for a better understanding of the possibility of nutritional supplements as a potential and most viable option to met our nutrient requirements for health protection, health promotion and wellness.
Considering the intake of appropriate and adequate dietary food groups, to meet the nutrient requirements is likely to be a big challenge and unachievable as noted from the previous sections that the current food sources grown from agricultural lands with depleted nutrients especially micronutrients also lack the micronutrients necessary for health protection and health promotion. This view is well articulated by Worldwatch Institute (2016), pointing out that research scientists have indicated that "Today’s food produces 10 to 25 percent less iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other nutrients, the studies show", and noting that "researchers from Washington State University who analyzed 63 spring wheat cultivars grown between 1842 and 2003 found an 11 percent decline in iron content, a 16 percent decline in copper, a 25 percent decline in zinc, and a 50 percent decline in selenium".
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WorldWatch Institute (2016). Crop Yields Expand but Nutrition is Left Behind. WWI - Vision for Sustainable World. Available from: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5339 .