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Modern farming is letting our veg down! We’ve looked into what’s been going wrong and what needs to change. 

So, it turns out that we aren’t getting the same amount of nutrients in our fruit and veg as our grandparents did and in some cases, you’d have to eat more than double the amount that your ancestors did just to get the same nutrient intake...hello food baby! We’ve researched into this issue to see where modern farming is going wrong, as well as what we can do to make up for this loss.

Declining vegetable nutrition

What We Discovered

Donald R. Davis, a biochemist from the University of Texas at Austin, conducted much of the in-depth research into our nutrient problem. He studied the decline of nutrients in our fruit and veg in the UK (and US) in the last 50-100 years and published an article summarising the three main kinds of evidence that tell us about this decline. Here we’ve broken them down for you:

1. The (literal) s**t we’re putting on our crops is diluting it

Whilst advanced fertilisers and irrigation systems, as well as environmental changes, has seen our crop yield increased in both physical size and numbers over time, unfortunately, this increase has been linked to a drop in nutrient content. This is called ‘the dilution effect.’[1]

Scientists studied this with raspberry plants and found that, although fertilisers increase nutrient content, these nutrients become diluted in the rest of the plant due to it's increased in size. [2] In short, the more crop we have to eat (because of the super-fertilisers), the less nutrients we get in each veggie.

2. Our grandmas’ veg was better than ours

This evidence comes from studying ‘historical food composition data’ via the ancestry.com for carrots and broccoli. A nutrient ratio was calculated by dividing modern plant nutrient data with historical data. Davis tells us:

‘...the strongest evidence for declines occurred for minerals in vegetables, especially calcium and copper, with median declines of 17% - 80%.’ [4]

He explains that although this 80% drop might seem too steep to be true, he found that copper also had the largest ‘dilution effect’ in the raspberry plants study.

3. ‘Super-veg’ vs. the golden oldies

These studies were pretty similar to the fertilisation studies, except they compared the nutrient content of historical low-yield and modern high-yield cultivars (basically a modern selectively-bred super-veg). This was to see if their genetics make a difference to their nutritional value. The first culprits of this ‘genetic dilution effect’ was broccoli, which was seriously lacking in calcium and magnesium compared to its ancestors.[6]

In theory, this issue could be affecting all of our food, as a further study looked into the correlations between yield and mineral concentration in 14 types of wheat, with similarly pessimistic results.

...But Supplements Aren't the Answer

Most solutions to this problem come in the form of synthetic supplements such as capsules, tablets, liquids, or powders. These impersonators mimic the way natural vitamins work in our bodies. Although made to be chemically almost identical, they’re created in a different way to those found in fruit and veg, so the body may not react to them as effectively.

Supplements

It’s better to get your nutrients from entirely natural food-based products, because that way you’re absorbing the vitamins alongside other contents like minerals, cofactors and enzymes that help with absorption. For example, one study found that with apples, the positives associated with vitamin C came from other elements of the fruit. They explained that

‘vitamin C in apples with skin accounts for only 0.4% of the total antioxidant activity, suggesting that most of the antioxidant activity of fruit and vegetables may come from phenolics and flavonoids in apples.’[8] (You don’t get these bits in synthetics).

We believe that people should be consuming their vital nutrients through foods rather than artificial supplements. It would be pretty tough to double your food intake just to reach this goal, so we’ve done the hard work for you...

We've Got Your Back

To help you up your intake of vitamins and minerals without resorting to supplements, we’ve created Food Boosters! They’re made up of 100% natural, certified organic ingredients meaning that their high vitamin and mineral contents will be absorbed as though you were eating the veggies whole (which you actually are, just dried). The ingredients used in our Food Boosters were chosen because of their particularly high vitamin contents, and have been designed to be added to pretty much any of your daily meals and drinks. Each Food Booster boasts a different health benefits (approved by the European Food Safety Authority) meaning that you don’t have to alter your diet (or eat twice as much) to increase your vitamin intake...goodbye food-baby!

Food Boosters

We have Skin Food, Energise, Easy Greens and Immunity. Now, do yourself a favour - order some Food Boosters, make a cracking meal and sprinkle it aaaaall over!

 

Team LoveRaw x

It's common knowledge that you are most likely to catch a nasty bug in the colder months, however there are many reasons why you should maintain a healthy immune system all year round. Here's why and what you can do!

PREP FOR 'FLU SEASON'

'Flu season' tends to rear it's ugly head around November. With the influx of germs comes the frantic immune boosting attempts, with most of us wishing we'd prepared in advance instead of waiting to be hit by the plague! By boosting your immune system in advance you'll be less likely to suffer from the cold that's doing the rounds!

Boost your Immunity

SUMMER COLDS 

Not only should we be preparing our immune systems in advance for the winter colds, Dr. Bruce Hirsch (physician for infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y) has reported that summer colds often last longer AND have a higher chance of recurring! (1) Don't assume you're safe from colds during the warmer months!

PLANES

Let's not forget that with the summer comes holidays and travelling on planes - basically a flying germ capsule! Microbiologists have tested planes and found that germs can survive for hours and even days after the passenger who brought them on board has departed (2). Gross.

Maintaining a strong immune system by healthy lifestyle choices throughout the year will help fight off illnesses; because quite frankly we're too damn busy to be ill! 

HOW TO HELP BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

GET PLENTY OF ZZZZ'S

Certain hormones, proteins, and chemicals are released whilst we sleep and it's these bad boys that help restore our immune system! The University of Pennsylvania has found that even short-term sleep loss can have a significant impact on how our immune system functions (3)

WORK IT!

We already know that regular exercise is good for our health, but a study has found that a 20-minute session of moderate exercise per day can also stimulate the immune system and produce an anti-inflammatory cellular response (4). Another great reason to get off that butt and start working out!

A SPOT OF SUN

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is essential to activating our immune defences. Without sufficient vitamin D the killer cells in our immune system will not be able to fight off infections in your body (6). You only need 15 minutes in the sun to absorb your daily dose of vitamin D - a perfect excuse to grab a brew and chill on your lunch break. (7)

**IMPORTANT: Too much sun can cause skin damage. Avoid prolonged periods of time in direct sunlight and make sure you wear sun screen if you are going to be in the sun for longer than 15 minutes.**

IMMUNITY FOOD BOOSTER ON EVERYTHING!!

Made from nothing but organic turmeric, maca, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper, Immunity Food Booster is high and iron and copper which contributes to the normal function of the immune system (8)! You only need to add 1 - 2 teaspoons in your food. It's aromatic flavour lends itself perfectly to curries, soups, dips and golden milk - sprinkle that good s*** everywhere!

Golden Milk

So whats new with LoveRaw?

We have some extremely exciting news to share with you - after many very late nights, long days and debates... our brand relaunch is here! To check out what we’ve done, head over to our shop.

When I first launched LoveRaw in 2013, I was literally a one-woman band. I would be designing packaging as well as making, marketing, and selling the bars. At that time, packaging was simply functional, and I didn't have budget for designers. Now, it’s time our packaging reflects who we are at LoveRaw.

So who are we? Definitely not a rustic health-food company. We are fierce, vibrant, youthful, edgy, and full of passion. The past 18 months have been eventful; I've moved my life and business between countries, had a baby, and built LoveRaw from the ground up again. LoveRaw has come a long way since the one-woman band, and now I have a talented, amazing team.

Relaunching is just the start - we have so many more exciting things coming up and we can't wait to share it with you all! 2017 is the year of LoveRaw!

Use these superstars to give your food a nutrient boost (and they're totally organic!)

Sound the panic alarm and grab hold of your loved ones, because we aren’t getting enough nutrients from our veg anymore. Thanks to modern farming techniques, much of the fruit and veg that we eat today has significantly less nutritional value than it would have had 50 years ago1 Research by Texas based biochemist Dr. Donald Davis tells us that some vitamins in our veg have dropped by up to a whopping 38% across the last 50 years, meaning that you now have to eat almost double the amount of them that you once did for the same benefit.

Luckily, some lovely people *cough cough* did something about this and came up with Food Booster Blends. They’re a way to rectify the missing vitamin content from your current veg by simply adding a spoon or two of the powders into your drink, snack, or meal. They’re made up entirely of natural and organic ingredients so, in short, we literally ground down the missing nutrients and are handing it to you on a plate - or in this case, in a tub! Many of our ingredients are imported and difficult to get hold of in one place, so our blends make it easier than sourcing all the raw foods and cooking them into your meals separately… they’re also cheaper than flying to New Zealand for your wheatgrass!

We’ve mixed these imported veggies, fruits, and plants into four deliciously different blends for you to choose to suit your lifestyle - or you can just have them all:

 

Easy Greens

A great all-rounder for improved wellbeing as well as a general vitamin boost. Containing:

 

  • Spirulina,
  • Nettle,
  • New Zealand
  • Wheatgrass,
  • Chlorella, Moringa,
  • Kelp
  • Our Easy Greens blend contains calcium which contributes to digestion and bone development, Niacin to help maintain the skin, Iron to reduce fatigue, and Vitamin B12 to promote immunity and help make you feel the best you can be.

     

     

    Skin Food

    Perfect for those who want to look their best as well as feel it. Packed full of:

    • Rosehip
    • Goji
    • Maca
    • Baobab
    • Lucuma
    • Camu Camu
    • Acai

    Skin Food contains Vitamin C which helps the skin, joints, and bones. It also has Copper which contributes to hair pigmentation, as well as immunity.

     

    Energise

    Goes great with a busy schedule as it keeps you feeling fresh and ready to take on the day (we use it for the office hangover-cure too). With:

    • Cacao
    • Maca
    • Carob
    • Baobab
    • Guarana
    • Moringa

    Energise contains Magnesium which contributes to energy levels, Vitamin C which assists the joints and bone development, Iron to help maintain immunity, and Copper which has antioxidant properties.

     

    Immunity

    Stops anything holding you back by helping you fight off any nasty bugs. Containing:

    • Turmeric
    • Maca
    • Ginger
    • Cardamom
    • Cinnamon
    • Black Pepper

    Immunity contains Iron which contributes to immunity and brain development. It has Copper which assists the joints, helps to maintain and improve energy levels, and is also bursting with antioxidant properties.

    With all these to choose from, we like to think we’ve given you an organic and easy alternative to doubling the veggies in your diet. You’re welcome!

    Team LoveRaw

     

    Sources:

    1. Nutrient Decline In Garden Crops
    2. Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition

    Try these bad boys to kick those winter colds to the curb

    It’s freezing outside and you feel like s**t - what do you do? Do you curl up in bed and sulk? No, you get these four natural flu-busting concoctions into your system and you show that cold who’s boss!

     

    The 'Immunity Shot'

    This masterpiece is made up of a small slice of ginger, half a teaspoon of turmeric, the juice of ¼ lemon, and a small clove of garlic - mixed in with around 50ml of water. These ingredients are full of Iron, Vitamin C, and Calcium - what more could you want? The shot assists metabolism, skin and blood functions, the immune system, and also combats fatigue. If you’ve got more delicate tastebuds, we recommend watering this down or reducing each ingredient to taste, as it’s a very potent mixture. It might make you pretty unkissable for a while - although let’s face it, if you’ve got flu people are probably avoiding you anyway!

     

    Echinacea

    Many studies have been conducted into the effects of echinacea, and there has been a ‘consistently proven effect of echinacea in stimulating phagocytosis, that is encouraging white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading organisms.’ [1] That’s one hell of an immune system boost! Simply pour around 15 drops of this into a large glass of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Because of the way in which it benefits the immune system, it can also be used as a preventative measure to keep the germs from getting you in the first place!

     

    Easy Greens Food Booster Blend

    With spirulina, nettle, New Zealand wheatgrass, chlorella, moringa, and kelp all in one place, this blend makes it easy for you to literally sprinkle goodness into your diet. Add some of this into a smoothie or meal and let it’s ingredients do the rest - they’re full of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin C so boast similar health qualities to the turmeric, ginger, garlic, and lemon super-shot. Definitely worth a try if you still fancy a smooch after your vitamin boost, and our Immunity blend is another obvious choice if you want to avoid those winter bugs!

     

    Manuka honey

    Manuka honey is rich in a ‘compound called dihydroxyacetone, which is present in the nectar of manuka flowers. This chemical produces methylglyoxal, a compound thought to have antibacterial and cell-killing properties’ [3] It’s been linked with acne prevention and has even been rumoured to have antibiotic properties. When we’re feeling rough we love to load up on hot drinks, so adding manuka honey to a cup of tea is a necessity.

    When summer comes back around and brings hay fever with it, try swapping manuka honey for locally sourced honey. Taking in small amounts of local pollen present in the honey can act as a natural tolerance booster!

     

    We’ve been trying these ingredients at LoveRaw HQ to fight the winter bugs and can’t wait to see everyone else’s results! Don’t forget to keep us posted on your cold and flu-boosting concoctions by tagging us @loveraw

     

    Team LoveRaw

     

    References:

    1-http://www.herbs.org/greenpapers/echinacea.html

    2- http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/212/2

    3- http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/04April/Pages/manuka-honey-mrsa-superbug-bacteria.aspx