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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Avian influenza (AI), commonly called “bird flu”, is a virus in the Influenza Type A group which includes avian, swine, equine, and human flu viruses. The avian influenza virus affects...

Thiamin

Why We Need It Thiamin, or vitamin B1, is a water-soluble B vitamin. We need thiamin to use the carbohydrates we eat. It helps turn carbohydrates into energy for the body. The body also needs...

Vitamin A

Why We Need It Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, is essential to our health because it: helps our eyes adjust to a lower level of light at night in order to see normally in the dark. promotes normal...

Chromium

Why We Need It Chromium, one of the trace minerals, is found in very small amounts in our bodies. Its role in overall health is not well understood. Chromium works with insulin to maintain normal...

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...

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