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Why Vitamin A And B Are Good For You
« on: October 29, 2018, 03:39:20 PM »

You really should know about vitamins. Without knowing about them you'll never actually understand food values, or know which foods to select for your own health. If you really want to think yourself thin—and if you've come along this far, I really think you do—you can just take this rather bitter pill along with the rest. I'll do my best to make it as brief and as instructive as possible.

Every morning, you're supposed to weigh yourself—and then write down your weight. And every night you are—I hope—writing down everything you've eaten, against the time—not too far off now—when you're going
 to check your list against what you ought to be eating— your own method of getting the correct diet for you.

You've heard so much about vitamins that you don't need a formal introduction, I'm sure. Vitamins are nutritive substances of which seemingly ridiculously small amounts are needed, but which can influence health and well-being to a remarkable extent.

Animals get their nourishment from plants and the flesh of other animals. When these are too highly refined or purified or changed, diseases can result. Important factors are frequently lacking in purified and processed foods. By becoming too civilized we have laid ourselves open to ills. For too long a time we did away with too many vitamins and minerals.

A new era was introduced when this fact was discovered.

As you probably know, the Japanese Navy, on old sailing vessels, was saved from beriberi by dietary changes. This was followed by experiments in the Dutch Indies. Not until 1913 did E. V. McCullum and M. Davis find that animals fed upon purified foodstuffs failed in normal growth, but that when rice polishings, egg yolk and other vitamins were added, normalcy was attained almost immediately. The discovery of Vitamin A was followed by Vitamin B and the other known vitamins. New vitamins and new food elements are still being frequently discovered by scientists.

The average person can find enough vitamins in well selected foods. But people on diets frequently have to add supplementary vitamins, when recommended by their physicians. All vitamins help toward health and energy. Six vitamins have been discovered to have definite usage. Several more have been isolated, but their exact need has not yet been determined.

Vitamin A—the fat-soluble vitamin—is the yellow pigment in carotene, and chlorophyll in green plants, among other things. This valuable vitamin is needed for growth, for vitality, to help protect one against disease by building up resistance. It is good for the eyes, and helps actual vision as well as night blindness. The liver can store about 95% of the body's reserves of Vitamin A. It is needed daily, and there are plenty of foods which contain it, so that the person on a diet can easily suit his special needs. Foods highest in Vitamin A, in the order of the Vitamin A content per average portion, are:
Greens Carrots
Hubbard Squash
 Sweet Potatoes
 Cod Liver Oil
 Green Beans
Tomato Juice
Butter Peas
Oleomargarine Milk Cheese

Vitamin B Complex contains Thiamine or Bi, Riboflavin or B2, Niacin, Folic Acid and Para-aminobenzoic Acid. There are several more B Complex substances that are being discovered, but these will have to do for now. Thiamine is invaluable for health and growth. Be sure you get enough of it. You'll get your greatest amounts of Thiamine in these foods, in the order named:
Dried Brewer's Yeast
Gluten Bread
Dried Beans and Peas
Whole Wheat or Enriched Bread
Corn Bread
Poultry and Fish
Brussels Sprouts


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