❕What is a vitamin? 🤔
Vitamins are essential nutrients, which means the body requires them for normal functioning, but since it can’t produce them itself they need to be provided in our diets.
Other essential nutrients include certain amino acids (which make up proteins) and fatty acids...and we’ll discuss those in later posts!
The amount you need depends on your age, gender and (for some vitamins) whether or not you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
🤰If pregnant, A, B1-B2 & B9, C, D should be increased - along with B3 & B12 if breastfeeding.
👶 Although babies will have lower requirements than adults, it’s more difficult to ensure they are getting enough when weaning - as appetite is variable and vitamin-packed veggies aren’t always well received! - so the government recommends a supplement of A, C & D from 6 months to 5 years.
❕The water soluble vitamins (Bs & C) are prone to leaching from your veggies if boiled, so it’s a good idea to opt for steaming if you can.
❕As for the fat soluble, the clues in the name... these are better absorbed in the gut with foods containing fats, such as chocolate, or avocados... or chocolate avocado mousse! The perfect excuse! 🥑