Nutrition
March 2, 2016

Infographic: How to eat your daily vitamins and minerals

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03_02 Micronutrient Info

Every wondered what you’d have to eat to get your daily amount of vitamin A in a meal? We illustrate how to get vitamins and minerals through the food you eat.

 

Though the morning chewables may be tasty, to get the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals every day, you might be better off skipping the supplement and planning your meals accordingly.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says that getting micronutrients through food instead of a multivitamin ensures that your body is able to absorb them properly. This is especially helpful for vegetarians and women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

The National Institutes of Health recommends the following food choices as another source of these important micronutrients:

 

Vitamin A:

  • Dark-colored fruit
  • Dark leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolk
  • Liver, beef, fish

Vitamin D:

  • Fish (fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, orange roughy)
  • Fortified cereals
  • Fortified milk and dairy products (cheese, yogurt, butter, cream)

Vitamin E:

  • Avocado
  • Dark green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, asparagus, turnip greens)
  • Oils (safflower, corn, sunflower)
  • Papaya, mango

Vitamin K:

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Dark green vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts and asparagus)
  • Fish, liver, beef, eggs

Biotin:

  • Egg yolks
  • Legumes
  • Milk
  • Nuts

Folate:

  • Asparagus, broccoli
  • Beets
  • Dried beans (cooked pinto, navy, kidney, lima)
  • Peanut butter

Thiamine (vitamin B1):

  • Egg
  • Lean meats
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Peas

Pyroxidine (vitamin B6):

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Nuts
  • Poultry

Vitamin B12:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Organ meats (liver, kidney)
  • Poultry

Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Lean meats

 

 

Hummus with a side of vegetable sticks can be a great snack full of nutrients. Check out three twists on the traditional hummus recipe here.

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