Having broad biodiversity in the context of nutrition means acquiring nutrients from a wide variety of food sources. Not all these sources need to be organic foods for quality nutrition, but it is vital to your overall health that you absorb your macro and micro nutrients from diverse food groups.
Biodiversity Health Struggles Worldwide
A lack of nutritional biodiversity is becoming a problem worldwide with:
- 1 billion people suffering from hunger
- 2 billion people suffering from micronutrient deficiencies
This deficiency has been linked to the shift towards processed foods and the higher consumption of carbohydrates. Since people are turning more and more to these food sources for their daily nutrition, there has been an upswing in the following health issues:
- Chronic diseases
In America alone, over one-third (36.5%) of the adult population suffers from obesity, with 117 million adults struggling with one or more chronic diseases. The main culprit behind these alarming numbers is the lack of nutritional biodiversity in the American diet.
Exercise And Biodiversity In Your Life
You don’t have to accept low nutritional biodiversity in your life, especially as you make strides to keep your body healthy and strong through exercises like running on your treadmill.
In fact, athletes in particular, should be concerned with biodiversity. As you make high energy demands on your body, you need access to a wide variety of macro and micro nutrients to keep your body in peak condition.
- Spinach – Most rich in vitamins A, K, and folate; this superfood contains 23 different macro and micronutrients in total.
- Broccoli – Most rich in vitamins C, K, and chromium; broccoli has 24 different macro and micronutrients in total.
- Orange – Most rich in vitamin C, fiber, and folate; oranges have 8 different macro and micronutrients in total.
- Blackberry – Most rich in vitamins A, E, K; blackberries have 13 different macro and micronutrients in total.
- Pumpkin – Most rich in vitamins A, C, and fiber; pumpkins have 15 different macro and micronutrients in total.
While you don’t have to become a vegetarian, it would be a good idea to reexamine how much animal-protein you are taking in. In general, Americans are taking in more than double the needed amount of protein, which is easy to do when consuming it from animal sources. Vegetables and legumes are more than enough to provide the necessary amount of protein. So, maybe give Meatless Monday a try, and see if you can’t increase your nutritional biodiversity.