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How Well Do You Know Your Minerals?

Monthly Poll Question

Last month in our monthly poll we asked some questions about how well you know your minerals and micronutrients.  Here are the results:

Q1 - True or False: You can only get calcium in foods from dairy sources such as milk, yogurt and cheese.
While most dairy provides a great source of calcium, it is not the only way.  About 2/3 of you got this one right.  In fact, some of the top sources of calcium are not dairy! Here is a great list of calcium rich foods that are non-dairy:
  • Edamame and Tofu
  • Broccoli
  • Dark leafy greens (kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, etc.)
  • White beans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Butternut Squash
  • Almonds

Q2 - Why does the body need potassium?
A: All of the Above 
You all got this one right.  The body needs potassium for the following reasons:
  • To control the electrical activity of the heart
  • To help build proteins
  • To maintain the PH balance of the blood
  • To help breakdown and use carbohydrates

Q3 - True of False: Only women who are pregnant or breastfeeding need to consume folate or folic acid.
A: False
Folic Acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is very important for pregnant women but it is also a key nutrient that everyone should have. Some of it's key functions are: 
  • The synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA
  • Aiding rapid cell division and growth
  • Enhancing brain health
  • Age-related hearing loss

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