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Some items on the ingredients list of your favourite foods may sound like a chemical additive but are not. It’s easy to be fooled; but these ingredients have been added to boost the nutritional content of the product:
alpha-tocopherol: a type of vitamin E. The version d-alpha-tocopherol (you may see it listed as d-alpha-tocopherol acetate) is the natural most biologically active form of vitamin E. The synthetic version dl-alpha-tocopherol, is only half as effective as the natural form.
asorbic acid: vitamin C.
biotin: a member of the B family of vitamins.
calcium lactate: produced when lactic acid reacts with calcium carbonate. This is a highly absorbable form of calcium.
copper gluconate: an absorbable form of copper.
cysnocobalamin: vitamin B12.
d-Calcium pantothenate: synthetically prepared from pantothenic acid and sold as a vitamin B5 supplement.
ferrous fumarate: also known as iron (II) fumarate.
ferric orthophosphate: another form of iron. It is added to food because it is colourless and odourless.
magnesium oxide: a magnesium source.
mixed tocopherols: see alpha-tocopherol.
niacinamide: vitamin B3.
pantothenic acid: vitamin B5
potassium iodide: this compound is formed by the combination of potassium and iodine and is represented by KI.
pyridoxine hydrochloride: vitamin B6.
riboflavin: vitamin B2.
silicon dioxide: also known as silica.
sodium selenite: this essential mineral is a salt and a source of the trace mineral selenium.
thiamine hydrochloride: a synthetic form of vitamin B1.
thiamine mononitrate: a form of vitamin B1.
tocopherols: see also alpha-tocopherol.
tricalcium phosphate: a form of calcium that occurs naturally in cow’s milk.
vitamin A palmitate: a synthetic form of vitamin A made with a combination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and palmitic acid (the acid found in palm oil)
zinc oxide: a form of zinc.
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
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