New Delhi, April 3 -- Our food production methods coupled with the burgeoning of the fast food industry and poor cooking methods play a key role in depriving our bodies of important nutrients. When nutrient deficiencies interact with high levels of stress and little or no exercise, they result in lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, etc.

It is clear from the growing incidence of lifestyle diseases that the food we eat today does not provide us with optimum nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide adequate nutrients if picked when ripe and eaten immediately. Today, it is not possible as they are picked before they are ripe and then treated with chemicals to 'appear' ripe but do not have the nutritional val...