Vitamins are substances which the body needs to grow and develop normally. The body needs about 13 vitamins; they include vitamin A, the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B-6, B-12 and folate), and vitamins C, D, E and K.
Each vitamin has a specific job so a deficiency of any of them may result in health problems. Fortunately, these vitamins can be gotten from the foods we eat. But the body can also make vitamins D and K. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to make a conscious effort to eat vitamin-rich foods. If you don’t know what they are, here are some of them:
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I’m sure you know that the taste of a boiled egg is in the yolk. But do you also know that while half of the proteins in an egg is found in the white, the vitamins, fat and minerals are mostly found in the yolk? Oh yes! The yolk is small but mighty; it contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E as well as vitamin B 12 and folic acid. So, if you want to boost your diet, include yolk in your meals.
A Nigerian may have a hard time avoiding this vegetable. Those who don’t like eating it fresh or making smoothies out of it, may have a hard time resisting the classic Nigerian stew and jollof rice both of which are prepared with this ingredient. But this is a good thing because tomatoes are healthful. They are good sources of vitamins A, B2, C. These are good for the eyes and skin.
When we say milk, we generally mean cow milk which is the most popular kind of milk. When other kinds of milk are mentioned, they are qualified by their source; tiger nut milk and soy milk are cases in point. Anyways, this nature’s gift to mammals is loaded with nutrients. Milk is enriched with vitamins A, B12, riboflavin and vitamin D in fortified products.
Fresh, frozen and dried fish feature prominently in the diet of the average Nigerian family. If it’s not used to make soup, it is used for stew, jollof or pottage. Thankfully, fish is nutritious. It contains 9 of the 14 essential vitamins. These include vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D and E. I’m sure this information is all the encouragement you need to keep dining on fish. So, go ahead and order some more.
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This root vegetable is crunchy, tasty and healthful. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A which promotes good vision. They also contain biotin, a B vitamin that play an important role in fat and protein metabolism. Carrots equally contain vitamins K and B6 both of which promote bone health and assist in the conversion of food to energy respectively.
My love affair with this organ meat started since childhood. I love its distinct taste and I still use it to make vegetable soup and sauce. I know a lot of people don’t even remember this meat when they go meat shopping. So, I’m here to make a case for liver.
Liver is a nutrient-dense food. It is low in calories and full of essential nutrients. In fact, its nutrient content surpasses that of fruits and vegetables. 3.5 ounce of liver contains vitamins A, B12, riboflavin and folate as well as minerals and high quality protein. This makes liver a super food.
I can’t say it enough but this root vegetable is not just wholesome, it’s naturally delicious too. Sweet potatoes is one of the best sources of vitamin A. They are full of vitamins B5, niacin, thiamine and carotenoids. They are also rich in vitamins C and E. Do you still need reasons why you should include this food in your diet? I think not; except of course you are Thomas.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Any list of high vitamin foods will be incomplete without this food. Dark green vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They have an extremely high vitamin and mineral content. Some of the vitamins found in leafy green vegetables are vitamins A, C, E and K. Please note that the amount of vitamins vary from vegetable to vegetable. So, alternate to get the full benefits of required nutrients.
In conclusion, eat balanced diet and you will get enough nutrients from there.
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