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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Nutrition" is derived from "nourish," which is from the Latin nutrire, meaning to feed, nurse, support, and preserve--literally, "she who gives suck." Essentially, nutrition refers to the variety of ways the body makes use of food.

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Today's Random Fact:

There are approximately 60 nutrients which are placed in six major categories: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Vitamin D is unusual because it is the only vitamin that can be synthesized in the body. Sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D, though sunscreen lotions with high SPF can prevent vitamin D formation. Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone.

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Bonus Fact:

Insects such as termites and ants provide 10 percent of the protein consumed worldwide. Where insects are an integral part of a diet, they contribute as much as 40 percent of protein.

In the United States, it is estimated that every adult unconsciously consumes one pound of insects each year due to garden produce, poor restaurant and home hygiene, and commercial foods for which the USDA allows a certain amount of insect fragments. Peanut butter, for example, is allowed to have 30 insect fragments per 100 grams.

Eggs contain the highest quality food protein known. All parts of an egg are edible, including the shell which has a high calcium content.



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