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Vitamin Trivia

1.Drinking caffeinated drinks all day can deplete important nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5.  Some teenagers must have very depleted supplies…

2.Vitamin D, is also known as "The Sunshine Vitamin". Beause our bodies can produce vitamin D from sunlight’s ultra-violet rays on our skin, it is a very important vitamin for healthy, strong teeth & bones. However, it is the most toxic vitamin in high doses.

3.Our liver can store up to a year's supply of our Vitamin A needs.

4.Within 2 hours of standing in daylight, milk loses between half and two-thirds of its vitamin B content.  Hope that refrigerator light really does go out when the door is closed!

5.Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. The leaves have a very high content of vitamin A as well as moderate amounts of vitamin D, vitamin C, various B vitamins, iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

6.U.S. consumers spend about 12 billion dollars on vitamins and dietary supplements a year. (1999).  Japan with less than half the population of the U.S. spends almost 11 billion dollars a year.

7.The first vitamins were discovered and named in alphabetical order, until a Danish researcher discovered and named vitamin K. He named it after the Danish word for clotting, Koagulation, because vitamin K helps the blood to clot. Meanwhile scientists had found that what they thought was a single vitamin B was really a group of vitamins that are usually found together in the same foods. So numbers were attached to the B. By this time, the last B vitamins were discovered, the system of letter naming was out of style. Thus, some of the B vitamins are called only by their chemical names.

8.Placing bread in the refrigerator may allow the nutrients to break down. This applies mainly to enriched bread, to which iron, folic acid and other B vitamins are added.  Whether you buy a loaf or bake your own, it’s best to keep it in a cool, dry place. And whatever you do, don’t turn it upside down — in some cultures, this is considered to be bad luck.


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