Our nutrition is not only controlled by what we eat, but what our bodies do with that food. There is virtually no direct relationship between the amount of a nutrient eaten in a meal and the amount that reaches where you think it’s going in the body.
Surprised? Nutrients go through a maze of pathways and reactions that are incredibly complex and unpredictable. The good news is that this is due to the genius of our bodies. It decides how much of a nutrient is absorbed and used based on what it needs at the moment. In maintaining balance, the body is constantly monitoring what it needs and where so that nutrients eaten are absorbed and provided to the cells that need them.
Nutrient content of foods also varies based on seasons, growing conditions, and even where a fruit is located on a tree. Between the variation in nutrient content and how the body uses it, it is important to include a complete pool of resources for the body to use as it needs. Focusing on individual nutrients makes proper nutrition more difficult than it needs to be. A holistic approach of eating whole, plant-based foods as 90% of your diet provides the body with all the nimble nutrients ready to go where needed.