02 Feb Water Soluble Vitamins Vs Fat Soluble Vitamins
The word vitamin derives in part from ‘vita’ meaning ‘life. Vitamins are vital for life.
Vitamins fall into two categories: Water-soluble & Fat-soluble
Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, choline and all the B complex vitamins. They are classed as water-soluble because they dissolve in water before being absorbed into the bloodstream. They are generally nontoxic because they do not get stored. Instead, the body absorbs the vitamins it requires and excretes what is not needed as waste product in the urine. Therefore, water-soluble vitamins need to be replenished every day.
Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K; they dissolve in fat and are stored in the body’s fat tissue for long periods of time. They perform a variety of important functions such as building healthy cells and producing hormones. In order for your child’s body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins they need to be consumed with dietary fat. Examples of healthy dietary fat includes cheese, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and full-fat yoghurt.
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