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New Report Questions the Benefits of Cutting Sodium
A new report published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) calls into question commonly held beliefs regarding salt and its effects on health, and scrutinizes the government’s recommendations on sodium. The report is based on a review of scientific literature and 40 years of government efforts focused on sodium restriction, as well as studies on alternative options for reducing high blood pressure. CEI’s main conclusion is that restricting sodium is not the best way to go about reducing hypertension in the United States and globally. Another key finding is that there is almost universal agreement within scientific research that weight loss, increasing potassium intake, and other dietary factors are more effective in reducing high blood pressure than simply reducing sodium intake. This report comes after the USDA, FDA and other government agencies had set goals for cutting sodium under the Obama Administration. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a think-tank dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.
Vitamin D & Folate
Happy Fall! I hope everyone is having a great school year! It’s so hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here! There’s been lots of talk in recent months about Vitamin D and Folate, so I thought that information on these two nutrients might be helpful for you and for your families.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a nutrient that can be consumed in one’s diet or created in one’s skin when exposed to sunlight. Due to its importance and the limited number of naturally-occurring food sources of vitamin D, many foods are fortified with Vitamin D. Fortification means that Vitamin D is added to foods that aren’t naturally rich in this nutrient—such as some dairy products, orange juice, and cereals.
Why is Vitamin D Important?
Vitamin D allows us to absorb calcium, enabling normal formation and maintenance of bones. Without enough Vitamin D, bones can become brittle, weak, and deformed.
What foods contain large amounts of vitamin D?
Be sure to understand, vitamin D is not needed in enormous quantities-- too much is not a good thing. For reference, three glasses of milk per day or a small serving of fish and a glass of fortified orange juice would provide sufficient vitamin D for the day.