What is nutrient content (also known as nutrient density)? Nutrient content refers to the substances in foods that give you energy, improve your health, and is good for you. The heavier the vegetables are, the higher the nutrient content is. That means they have more vitamins and minerals and contain enzymes. Nutrient density refers to the amount of nutrients for the given volume of food. Foods that are nutrient-dense contain a lot of nutrients, typically with fewer calories. Basically, vegetables with high nutrient content would benefit your health in many ways! If you eat vegetables that have poor level of nutrient content, you will receive a small amount of nutrients and they give you almost zero benefit whatsoever for your health.
Ron with the refractometer (1990)
Living Food Farm
- Brix level: 12.1 (Excellent)
- Weight: 3.72 lbs
- Brix level: 7.5 (Poor to Average)
- Weight: 2.159 lbs
Let Us Grow Healthier Together!
The examples of nutrient content in cabbages are above. LFF’s cabbage was grown from our garden and other one was store-bought. Please look closely and compare these cabbages for their brix levels and their weight differences.
Our Soil’s timeline
Back in 1979, our vegetables and some fruits were in poor nutrient content levels. Ron started adding and feeding the soil with essential minerals, green manure, compost and lots of natural organic matter. It took so much of hard work and a lot of attention to truly take care of the soil.
From 1986 to 1990, the nutrient content levels improved a little, the level was moving slowly from the Poor category to Average. Ron was determined to continue to feed and care for the soil to the next level.
In the early 1990s, the nutrient content levels continued to grow and it was good enough to fall into the Good category. The fruits and vegetables showed a better taste and were a lot more delicious! There was more value in them than ever before with more vitamins and mineral contents!
Today, the soil has the ability to bear fruits and vegetables in the Excellent category made possible by Ron’s determination in understanding the soil’s needs!
Follow the animals’ instinct to where the higher nutrient foods are!
If a horse, cow, or a dog were offered some carrots with a nutrient content of 12 (in excellent category) and other carrot with 7 (in poor category), the animal would eat those with the highest nutrient content. Animals can detect the difference in the poor and excellent categories. If a pasture had this nutrient program applied to one section of it, the cattle will all eat in that section, because it has a higher nutrient content. Naturally, with higher nutrient content, the foods are more sweet and delicious!
Since Living Food Farm is located up in northern Minnesota where there are many deer, they are often seen in our garden trying to eat our crops! The deer know where to find foods with the highest nutrient content. Watch the short clip on right side of this screen for your enjoyment!
Ron with the refractometer (2009)