Are You Nutritionally Confused?
Have you ever looked at the nutritional facts and felt like the label was made in a completely different language? Don’t worry it can happen to the best of us, however if you don’t understand what’s in your food, then you don’t really know what you’re eating. If you can’t figure out what it is you’re eating, how will you ever know if you’re getting the proper nutritional value out of it? The answer is you won’t, however there is a way to prevent this and stop yourself from being cheated at the grocery store. You just have to arm yourself with familiar terminology. Below is a list of convenient terms taken from http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/glossary . You may have recognised these terms on food labels but had no idea what they were for or how they helped your body. This is your chance to learn. Be prepared for a shocking awakening. For more information on nutritional terms, visit the nutritional data webpage.
Magnesium: “Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body. It is needed for protein, bone, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, activating B vitamins, relaxing muscles, blood clotting, and forming adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The production and use of insulin also requires magnesium.Under certain circumstances magnesium has been found to improve vision in people with glaucoma. Similarly, magnesium has demonstrated an ability to lower blood pressure”.
Phosphorus: “Phosphorus is an essential mineral that is usually found in nature combined with oxygen as phosphate. Most phosphate in the human body is in bone, but phosphate-containing molecules (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles, such as good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Small amounts of phosphate are engaged in biochemical reactions throughout the body. The role of phosphate-containing molecules in aerobic exercise reactions has suggested that phosphate loading might enhance athletic performance, though controlled research has produced inconsistent results”.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): “Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin that the body requires to break down carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Every cell of the body requires vitamin B1 to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Vitamin B1 is also essential for the proper functioning of nerve cells”.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): “Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body process amino acids and fats, activate vitamin B6 and folic acid, and convert carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Under some conditions, vitamin B2 can act as an antioxidant”.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol): “Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body, such as LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), from damage. Several studies have reported that supplements of natural vitamin E help reduce the risk of heart attacks. Vitamin E also plays some role in the body’s ability to process glucose. Some trials suggest that vitamin E may help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes”.
“In the last decade, the functions of vitamin E have been further clarified. In addition to its antioxidant functions, vitamin E has now been shown to directly affect inflammation, blood cell regulation, connective tissue growth, and genetic control of cell division”.