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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. Let’s go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Sulfate

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Sulfate

We’ve already covered Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium, but there are four remaining major minerals that we need to talk about! Three of them are important for bone health, and the last one…well, he is just along for the ride. Let’s jump right in to calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur! Major Minerals Calcium What does calcium do for my body? “Milk builds strong bones!” is a phrase we’ve heard our whole lives, and we know that it’s the calcium in milk…

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Electrolytes

Electrolytes

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 for an element with a charge. Sodium chloride, for which the chemical symbol is NaCl, is then broken into sodium, Na+, and chloride, Cl–. While water is a poor conductor on its own, ions dissolved in water carry electrical current, because they are charged! Therefore, the…

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