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As a physician assistant in family practice I was concerned about a recent comentary on NPR (public radio) that the vitamin content of vegtables has decreased significantly over the last 50 years. I find it hard not to recomend a muliptle vitamin for this reason. Do you have other information on this issue?

Currently there is no proven evidence that the nutrient quality of fruits and vegetables has decreased over the past decades. As a physicians assistant it is very important to inform patients of all ages about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. If patients are consuming their daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables there should not be a need for supplementation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans gives key nutrient recommendations for specific age groups and genders. Help patients understand what a healthy eating behavior includes—fruits, vegetables, lean proteins (such as eggs, beans and nuts)and low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Our weekly About the Buzz column answers questions to current nutrition related topics.
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