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Nutrition Nugget - Vitamin B1

We all want to function at our best and it starts at the plate. How and what we eat is a very important element of our overall health. At times it seems like there is too much information to process about nutrition. It is not helped by the marketing practices of health products. This can lead to confusion and frustration. When we are frustrated we tend to throw our hands up and quit. We are not going to let you quit. To help you make sense of sea of information, we will break it down into simplified nuggets.


Today's Nutrition Nugget is about Vitamin B1.


Vitamin B1 is a micro-nutrient. This means the body needs these in very small amounts. Vitamin B1 is known as Thiamine. Vitamin B1 is water soluble. This means Vitamin B1 is passed in urine when not immediately used by your body. Vitamin B1 is used to help Nutrition Nugget - Vitamin B1regulate metabolism. Your cells use it to process carbohydrates into energy.


Where We Get Vitamin B1

The best source of Vitamin B1 is in your food. (Remember, your specific diet is a decision best left to you and your qualified health care provider.) Vitamin B1 is found in both meat and plant sources.


Vitamin B1 is in Diary:

  • Milks - Cow, Soy

  • Cheese - Cheddar

  • Yogurt

Vitamin B1 is in Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts and Grains:

  • Leafy Vegetables -

  • Vegetables - Adzuki Beans, Acorn Squash, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Lima Beans, Navy Beans, Roman Beans, Peas, Potatoes, Lentils, Soybeans, Pinto Beans,

  • Fruits - Apples

  • Nuts - Soy nuts, Chinese/Japanese Chestnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pistachio, Macadamia, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Peanuts, Hazelnuts

  • Grains - Barley, Corn, Oatmeal, Rice, Wheat (also in breads and pastas from grains)


Vitamin B1 is in Meats and Seafood:

  • Meats and Animal Products - Beef, Pork, Venison, Chicken and Pork Livers

  • Fish and Seafood- Mussels, Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Walleye


Remember, getting the best out of your food doesn't require a hefty price tag. Add variety in the sources of your nutrition. When it comes to nutrition there is little difference between fresh, frozen or canned.


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