The buzz about this study is two-fold. First, that it was envisioned by a 16-year-old and two, that it simply and elegantly shows that chemicals used on produce have detrimental affects on all key aspects of life.
It’s sad that society constantly is surprised by young humans doing adult human things. Until the advent of public schooling it wasn’t uncommon for a 16-year-old to be a lawyer, or a 13-year-old to be captain of a ship.
But now-a-days it’s headline news if you are still going through puberty and have a logical thought. I’m talking about 15-year-old Jack Andraka last year presenting his creation on a simple way to test for pancreatic cancer.
I think you will start to see more of this now that the internet has made public schooling obsolete and that private corporations push contest to promote science and critical thinking.
I’ll get down from my soapbox now and get to the reason for this blog post. This study shines a light on a hot debate, especially when in 2012 a number of scientist claimed on the record that organics where no better than conventional processed foods. The above study says otherwise.
At first blush the study is a, “no duh. I could have told you that” moment. What intrigues me more is what isn’t shown in the graphs but is alluded to in the text. You see A and B but you don’t get to see C. C is the science designed diet that the fruit flies normally eat. You would think being fruit flies they would thrive on a pure fruit diet. But the truth is, they had the key markers of a better life on the scientifically designed diet. Which is nothing more than essential nutrients; fat, protein, carbohydrates and most importantly, essential micro nutrients: sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium and the other 70 or so bonded ions.
What this study says to me and is damning to the “Fruitarians” of the world. A fruit diet even for “fruit flies” is not going to sustain you long-term. Steve Jobs is a good example of the failings of an all fruit diet.
It is all about nutrient density. Period.
In the end what the study shows is that a one type only diet is detrimental to your health and well-being. Being only a Fruitarian is bad for your health; being a vegetarian or a pure protein eater is bad for your long-term health as well.
It is all about nutrient density. This can’t be stressed enough. The only way you will get all the micro nutrients your body needs is through a varied diet of meat, vegetables, fruits, tubers, and some nuts.
“flies fed the normal balanced laboratory diet have significantly higher fertility, with an egg production peak between five and ten days, while flies fed the produce extract had steadily declining fertility levels, reminiscent of what is observed with longevity”