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Nutrient to Know: Tryptophan

by in Nutrients to Know, Thanksgiving, November 12, 2009

roasted turkey
You always hear about tryptophan around Thanksgiving time. Folks warn that that getting too much turkey (one of the most well-known sources) puts you in a “food coma.” Is it really to blame for that post-dinner snooze?

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Nutrient to Know: Selenium

by in Nutrients to Know, August 28, 2009

Crab Salad in Wonton Cups
I once learned to remember the antioxidant vitamins and minerals with the acronym “A.C.E.S.” – vitamins A, C, E , and the “S” is for the mineral, selenium. Find out what makes this nutrient worth remembering and how much might be too much.

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Nutrient to Know: Lutein

by in Nutrients to Know, August 13, 2009

egg yolk
Ever wondered what makes spinach green? Or egg yolks yellow? The answer: Lutein. This antioxidant doesn’t just add color to your favorite foods; lutein gives a boost to your body, too — inside and out.

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Nutrient to Know: Lycopene

by in Nutrients to Know, Tomatoes, July 28, 2009

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We already filled you in on antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, but there are hundreds more of these beneficial nutrients, and some have crazy names! Case in point: lycopene. Find out why this antioxidant does your body good and which lycopene-rich foods pack the biggest punch.

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Nutrient to Know: Vitamin A

by in Food News, Nutrients to Know, June 11, 2009

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We all know we should eat our veggies, but do you know why? Nutrients from whole foods provide plenty of amazing health benefits. To continue our series on common nutrients, this week we’re shining the spotlight on vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol and beta-carotene).

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Nutrient to Know: Vitamin E

by in Food News, Nutrients to Know, May 21, 2009

You may know that antioxidants benefit your health, but how much do you know about them all? Where to get them? How much you need? We’re continuing our series on the most common nutrients, starting with vitamin E. (Catch up with our first post on choline.)

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