By: David L. Gann

Most of us make an effort to eat what we think is a healthy meal. We really do.

And those who prepare meals for the family; be they moms or dads,

husbands or wives,

do their best to make their meals as nutritious and delicious as possible.

I think it is relatively safe to say that no one steps into the kitchen thinking “let me prepare a meal deficient in nutrients and thereby promote poor health.”

But how many of us can answer this one question? “What is complete nutrition?”

Or to simplify the question even further: “How many nutritional elements are there?”

If you can not answer it confidently, it is highly likely that there is more to know about nutrition.

And while you may be preparing nutritious meals, it is possible that in actual fact you are not.

There are actually forty or more nutrients required to build good health.

Some foods contain most of them, some contain only one.

A general rule that many of us know, is that the more processed or refined a food is, the fewer nutrients it contains overall.

Why is complete nutrition not common knowledge? The most likely cause lies in false advertising.

Every food manufacturer advertises “nutritious meals,” “reinforced with vitamin D” or “rich in protein” and “contains essential fatty acids.” Truth be told, such slogans are generally meaningless at best, and at worst are utterly misleading.

Let us take a deeper look at one of these slogans: “rich in protein.” It sounds good, and it sounds healthy; that’s why it’s used in advertising.