Nutrition Fun Facts!

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Nutrition Fun Facts!

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  1. Mangos are the most consumed fruit in the world.
    1 cup of sliced mangos provides 100 calories with 3 grams of fiber (a good source) and 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin A, and folate. (mango.org)
  2. The liquid part of yogurt that sometimes separates on top, the whey, contains important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and protein.
    Don’t drain it, mix it!
  3. By cooking in a cast iron skillet, you get the benefits of added iron to your meal.
    This would be particularly helpful for vegans, vegetarians, and those deficient in iron. (foodandnutrition.org)
  4. What you eat and drink can impact colon cancer risk.
    High consumption of red and processed meats as well as added sugars may increase the risk of colon and rectal cancer. Intake of fiber can reduce colon cancer risk. Make your meals with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. (onlinelibrary.wiley.com)
  5. Avocados are a smart and tasty salad topping choice!
    Why? The healthy fats from avocados help you better absorb carotenoids, antioxidants, found in many salad veggies such as spinach and carrots. Plus a quarter of an avocado adds 3.5 grams of fiber and hard-to-get vitamin E. (eatright.org)
  6. Veggies have protein!
    1 cup of cooked spinach has 5 grams of protein and 1 cup of cooked broccoli has 4 grams of protein. (eatright.org)
  7. After an intense workout (intense level 60+ minutes) it’s important to refuel with fluids, electrolytes, carbohydrates and protein within 15-60 minutes.
    Try these ideas: smoothie made with yogurt and frozen berries or graham crackers with peanut butter, low fat chocolate milk, and banana. (eatright.org)
  8. An almond is actually a stone fruit!
    Examples of stone fruits are peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries. The name comes from the stone-hard covering found around the single large seed at the fruit’s core. Almonds on the tree look like small hard green peaches. Culinary experts often point to a slight almond flavor in stone fruits and that is why these fruits pair so well with almonds in recipes. (foodandnutrition.org)
  9. Current research reveals that too much sitting is detrimental to a person’s health, even if you engage in the recommended amount (>150 minutes per week) of moderate to vigorous activity.
    Many of our current environments promote sedentary behavior. Increase your daily activity by walking more whenever you can, get up and stand or walk during work breaks or when you take a sip of water, or get a pedometer.
  10. Your pets should never eat raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts or chocolate.
    Eating fairly large amounts of raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs. Macadamia nuts and chocolate (particularly dark or baking chocolate) can cause vomiting, upset stomach and other symptoms. (foodandnutrition.org)