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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient content claims are statements on food packages that describe the amount of a nutrient or ingredient in the food. These claims use words like low, high, free, excellent source, or light. The levels of the nutrient or ingredient in a serving of the food is compared against the recommended dietary allowances (determined by the Food an Drug Administration). This way, we aren’t comparing donuts to cakes and seeing which is “low” in sugar! While you’re out shopping, you’ll probably notice these types…

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MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

Food groups, nutrient recommendations, calorie control…they all come together here with the new tool to plan a healthy diet. Meet MyPlate! History Remember the food pyramid? A visual representation of what kinds of foods and how much we should be eating every day, the pyramid was a busy and hard-to-memorize tool. In 2005, the pyramid was updated to include exercise, but was still – and arguably even more – confusing to read and understand. In 2011, MyPlate was rolled out….

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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. We’ll 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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Trace Minerals

Trace Minerals

Are you exhausted yet from the major minerals, the vitamins, and the macronutrients? Bad news, I’ve got eight more trace minerals to cover here! But I’ll keep these a bit more concise, because I’m eager to get to some good stuff here at Salt and Skillet!! If it’s all right with you, I’m going to just jump right in. Trace Minerals Iron What does iron do for my body? Iron has several functions, including acting as a cofactor to certain…

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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! 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 that offers…

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An Introduction to Minerals, and Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium

An Introduction to Minerals, and Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium

What are minerals? Like vitamins, minerals don’t provide our bodies with energy. They have no caloric value. Unlike vitamins, minerals aren’t molecules of multiple elements linked together into compounds. Rather, minerals are elements! They can’t be changed into anything else. Minerals also cannot be destroyed by heat, acid, or oxidation like vitamins can. The only way to lose minerals during cooking is for them to leach into cooking water, which you might then pour down the drain! Minerals are required in…

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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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