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Fluoride

Why We Need It Fluoride, a mineral, is important for healthy bones and teeth. It increases the amount of minerals in our teeth, helps harden developing tooth enamel and protects teeth from decay....

Vitamin B6

Why We Need It Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin needed to break down the protein we eat. In addition, our bodies use vitamin B6 to make important body proteins. This...

Riboflavin

Why We Need It Riboflavin, a water-soluble B vitamin, also is known as vitamin B2. We need riboflavin to use the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins in the foods we eat. It helps us use these...

Calcium

Why We Need It Calcium is the major mineral found in our bones and teeth. Along with phosphorus and other nutrients, it builds the hard structure that makes bones and teeth strong. Calcium also is...

Niacin

Why We Need It Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Sometimes it is called vitamin B3. We need niacin for our bodies to use the energy in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Niacin also is needed for...

Vacuum Packaging Foods at Home

Vacuum-packaging machines or vacuum sealers are available to vacuum package foods at home. This process may extend the storage time of refrigerated foods, dried foods and frozen foods, but it may...

Blueberry Basics

This flavorful berry is enjoyed in muffins, cobblers, pies, and pancakes as well as in fresh fruit salads or just by the handful. Blueberries are brimming with vitamins, minerals, fiber and...

Healthier Foods at School

Healthy Food Options at School Healthy eating is important for growth, good health, and academic performance. However, kids are often overwhelmed with access and availability of foods that are high...

BSE: “Mad Cow Disease”

What is “Mad Cow Disease” (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy/BSE)? Mad Cow Disease is the commonly used name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a slowly progressive,...

Safe Handling of Wild Game Meats

ABIDE BY GAME REGULATIONS FOR HUNTING, TRANSPORTING AND STORING GAME. Care in the Field Be Prepared for the Hunt: Remember to bring a sharp hunting knife, a small hatchet, a whetstone or steel,...

Chemicals & Foods

Food Additives We often think of food additives as complex chemical substances produced by our modern society. However, the use of food additives dates to ancient times. Early people used salt to...

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