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Micronutrients: Chromium

August 31, 2018 Kathleen Zelman

Chromium’s primary function appears to be enhancing the action of insulin, which plays a role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and storage.

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Micronutrients: Iodine

August 16, 2018 Kathleen Zelman

An essential micronutrient not commonly found in food, iodine is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and is critical for normal neurodevelopment in utero.

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Micronutrients: Potassium

April 30, 2018 Kathleen Zelman

The third most-abundant mineral in the human body, potassium is an electrolyte, regulating fluid balance by transferring nutrients and waste in and out of cells.

a set of fermented food: cucumber pickles, coconut milk yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, red beets, apple cider vinegar
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The Potential of Probiotics

April 12, 2018 Esther Ellis

These microscopic bacteria may be instrumental to the treatment and prevention of certain infectious diseases, metabolic conditions, immune disorders and neurological disorders.

Food containing magnesium and potassium.
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Micronutrients: Magnesium

March 1, 2018 Kathleen Zelman

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, with the majority found in the skeleton and the rest in muscle, soft tissue and blood.

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Micronutrients: Choline

December 15, 2017 Kathleen Zelman

Often described as “vitamin-like” for its water soluble vitamin properties, choline is a unique micronutrient that is crucial for many biological functions.

November-December 2017

Food Additives: Emulsifiers

November 1, 2017 Kathleen Zelman

Emulsifiers made from plant, animal and synthetic sources commonly are added to processed foods such as mayonnaise, ice cream and baked goods to create a smooth texture, prevent separation and extend shelf life.

September-October 2017

The 411 on Hydroponics

October 19, 2017 Monica Reinagel

Hydroponic produce is grown with the roots submerged in nutrient-fortified water. Here’s a closer look at this emerging method of produce production.