Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, reveals how humans have purposefully bred out the best parts of many staples of our diet. Corn of course is the prime example, but how many of you knew it all started when George Washington’s troops were wiping out the Iroquois Indians? From the New York Times:
We like the idea that food can be the answer to our ills, that if we eat nutritious foods we won’t need medicine or supplements. We have valued this notion for a long, long time. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today, medical experts concur. If we heap our plates with fresh fruits and vegetables, they tell us, we will come closer to optimum health.
This health directive needs to be revised. If we want to get maximum health benefits from fruits and vegetables, we must choose the right varieties.