Eating Well With Kim: The Low Down on Vitamin A

By: Kim Beavers
By: Kim Beavers

Hey, hey lets have some Vitamin A!

On our grocery store tours we talk a lot about label reading but I have not addressed the 4 nutrients on the bottom section of the label. There are two vitamins and two minerals. Vitamin A, and C, sodium and iron are all key nutrients in health and wellness. This is one reason they are required on the nutrition label.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is found in many dark green leafy vegetables as well as deep orange fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A can also be found in some animal sources such as milk, eggs, and liver. Vitamin A is important in growth and development as well as vision, skin health and immune function. The most healthful sources of Vitamin A are from fruits and vegetables because when consuming them you not only get Vitamin A but a host of other health promoting (and delicious) nutrients.

It is known that as children grow older their intake of vitamin A declines, so it is a nutrient of concern during different life stages, but frank deficiency is rare. Use this link to review label reading and how best to use the percent daily value for nutrient.

For some delicious vitamin A rich vegetables check out these recipes:

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Until next time: Eat well. Live well.

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