National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign initiated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Each year and during the month of March, this campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year, the Academy decided to let the promotion of nutrition and National Nutrition Month be its own theme in order to encourage practitioners to tackle various topics that might include dietary guidelines, nutrition facts label reading, cooking, meal planning, mindful eating, or combatting fad diets.
In our busy worlds where high-calorie, palatable foods are both convenient and abundant, nutrition for most consumers is more about navigating the systems of their lives to make informed decisions than about worrying about having vitamin deficiency. Therefore, nutrition is about getting enough of all the right foods within the one’s calorie count and reducing the processed foods that are over-consumed.
According to Fact Republic, below are a few nutrition facts that one ought to keep in mind in order to increase the health benefits of their diets:
- Broccoli, parsley, brussel sprouts, and red bell peppers all contain more vitamin C per 100g serving than oranges. Chili peppers contain 400% more.
- The skin of a kiwi is perfectly edible and is loaded with fiber and vitamin C.
- The white spots on fingernails are called Leukonychia, and are harmless and most commonly caused by minor injuries that occur while the nail is growing. Contrary to popular belief, leukonychia is not a sign of excess or deficiency of calcium and zinc or other vitamins in the diet.
- There is a fruit by the name of Black Sapote or "chocolate pudding fruit" which tastes like chocolate pudding and is actually low in fat and has about "4 times as much vitamin C as an orange".
- Potatoes have a bad reputation, but are actually highly beneficial to your health. They are packed with Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, and kukoamines which help aid in lowering blood pressure.
- Females on average have lighter skin than males so they can absorb more vitamin D and calcium used for breast milk.
- Vitamins are so called because they are "VITal AMINeS" for your body.
- Oranges are not even in the top ten list of common foods when it comes to vitamin C levels.
- People who drink whole milk are less likely to be overweight than those who consume low-fat milk.
- Major brain damage from alcohol can be prevented by proper nutrition and is not directly caused by alcohol itself.
- Milk contains magnesium, calcium, vitamin B, and theanine, all of which can help lower anxiety and depression.
- Due to their similar protein composition, blood can be used as an egg substitute in baking and making ice cream.
- Lara Dbouk
Speech Therapy Student