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Carbs. Fat. Protein. Vitamins. Minerals.

Learn about what all of these do for your body and which foods you can find them in!

Electrolytes

Electrolytes

Just like antioxidants, “electrolytes” is another buzz word that gets thrown around in the food marketing industry! We associate electrolytes with sports drinks, and we know they’re good for us – but what actually are they? Do we need to be getting them from sports drinks? What are electrolytes? Mineral salts are common in the diet, the most popular being table salt – sodium chloride. When these salts are dissolved in water, they separate into ions – a fancy word…

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The Importance of Water in Our Diet

The Importance of Water in Our Diet

Water! H2O! We all know what it is, and maybe even have a bottle of it at your side all day, every day! You might not think of it as a nutrient, but it’s an essential component in our diet! It serves many functions that you might not have thought of. Let’s talk about water for a bit, just to give you an idea of how important it is (without getting too sciency!) What does water do for my body?…

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants

How often do you hear the word “antioxidants” in commercials, or see it on bottles of juice? It’s a buzz word that’s being thrown around lately, but what does it mean? We know they’re good for us! Let’s delve a bit deeper into what antioxidants actually do, and how to get them in our diet. What are free radicals? Before we can talk about antioxidants, we need to talk about the culprit that makes them so important! Free radicals is…

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K

Our fourth and final fat-soluble vitamin is K. It probably gets overlooked the most, but plays a unique and vitally important role in our bodies. Let’s take a look at this nutrient in this short and sweet overview! What is Vitamin K, and what does it do for my body? This fat-soluble vitamin is one that can be supplied by the diet, but can also be produced by our bodies (like Vitamin D!) Bacteria in our GI tract are capable…

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E? Vitamin E comes from a group of chemicals called tocopherols. This variation, alpha-tocopherol, is the only one that has the effects of Vitamin E as we know and love it today. This fat-soluble vitamin has mainly one function, and can has recommendations set for USA and Canada. RDA: 15 mg/day, with an Upper Limit of 1000 mg/day Vitamin E as an Antioxidant The vitamin’s only role in our bodies is to act as an antioxidant. An antioxidant…

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Comes from milk and builds strong bones! Sure, but there’s much more to Vitamin D than you’d think! Let’s dive right in… What is Vitamin D? A fat-soluble vitamin, Vitamin D is a little different in that our bodies are able to synthesize it from cholesterol, making it a nonessential nutrient. That means we don’t technically need to get Vitamin D from our diet, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! There are two forms of the vitamin – Vitamin D2, which…

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A

You’re probably familiar with the correlation between Vitamin A and vision health, but if you’re not, that’s okay! We’re going to talk about this vitamin and the benefits it provides us, including keeping our eyes sharp. What is Vitamin A? Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. There are actually a few different related compounds that can be Vitamin A. These are called retinoids, and vary based on whether they come from a plant or animal source. There are also plant…

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Did you know that pirates were at risk for scurvy due to a lack of Vitamin C? They were out on the seas for so long that they didn’t have fresh produce to give them the nutrient that keeps scurvy at bay! Luckily, none of us are pirates, and we have an abundance of foods that provide Vitamin C, so no scurvy for us! What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. It yields no energy, but provides…

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Vitamins – An Introduction and the B Vitamins

Vitamins – An Introduction and the B Vitamins

Everyone knows vitamins are important for health, but does it conjure up images of bottles of supplements? It shouldn’t! All the vitamins you need, you can get from food. In fact, vitamins from food provide extra benefits compared to those that come from bottles.  What are vitamins? Vitamins are nutrients that do not yield energy when consumed, like carbs, protein, or lipids do. They’re molecules that don’t link together (like glucose becoming starch, or amino acids becoming protein), but are…

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Lipids (aka fats!)

Lipids (aka fats!)

Fat! Perhaps one of the scariest words in our society for the past fifty years. We don’t want to eat it, because we think we’ll become it. Well, I’ve got good news! Not only are dietary fats not the same thing as body fat, they’re super beneficial and super necessary for our bodies. Let’s bury the myths about fat, and learn about this tasty macronutrient. What are lipids, and what do they do for my body?  Lipids, more commonly known…

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