Here in the Garden State we take pride in our produce. But some scientists think a decrease in the flavor of food today could help explain a rise in overeating and obesity.

Jersey Tomatoes
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The downside of increasingly productive, disease-resistant, and cost-efficient crops and livestock is that food is becoming more bland and less nutritious, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Tomatoes, for example, have half as much calcium and vitamin A as they did in the 1950s, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

This means the Garden State's famous fruits and veggies may be losing some of their distinct flavor and nutritional value. So when our bodies crave the vitamins and minerals found in different foods, we have to eat more to meet our health needs, and we may also eat larger quantities and consume more condiments in pursuit of the taste those foods lack.

Kira and I agreed that fruit from other countries where food grows at nature's pace tastes sweeter. I also remember berries tasted different when I was growing up.

Do you think food is becoming blander? Let us know in the poll and comments section below! 

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