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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 10, 2006


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I can never understand the standarization for nutritional facts on food. Some packages have a lot of information, some contain very little. Some contain the standard information, but leave out some important ones.

I’ll use the small 500 ml Dairyland 2% Milk as an example from Shoppers Drug Mart.

On the package it reads like this:

Vitamin A————–10%
Vitamin C—————0%
Calcium—————–80%
Iron———————0%
Vitamin D—————45%

On their web site…is a completely different story:

Q: What other nutrients are in Dairyland milk?

A: In addition to calcium and vitamin D, each glass of Dairyland milk provides vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. This is what we call real food!

Q: Are phosphorus and magnesium important minerals for good health?

A: Milk and milk products contain several vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining good health. Phosphorus is required for making energy in our cells and for strengthening our bones. Magnesium is also involved in making energy for our cells, but additionally, it is important for controlling calcium blood levels and muscle contractions. 250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus and 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.

Q: Why do I need Potassium?

A: Potassium is required for muscle activity and contractions. It is also involved in our maintaining our body\’s fluid balance. If we don\’t have enough potassium our blood pressure can rise. Dairyland milk and Dairyland yogurts are good sources of this important nutrient.

Q: Why do I need Riboflavin?

A: Riboflavin is required by our bodies for producing energy in our cells and keeping tissues like our skin, eyes, and nervous system healthy. Like calcium, riboflavin is difficult to get in large quantities in our foods. Dairyland milk and milk products are important sources of riboflavin in our diet. 250ml of 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.

Q: Why do I need Zinc?

A: One glass of Dairyland milk provides about 11% of our recommended daily intake of zinc. Zinc helps our bodies build protein and it is involved in the immune response.

For some reason, the “powers that be” feel it’s more important to display ZERO PERCENT for vitamin C and Iron. But fails to tell the consumer that it also contains some very important vitamins and minerals:

250ml of Dairyland 2% milk contains 25% of our daily requirements for riboflavin.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 22% of our daily requirement of phosphorus.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 14% of our daily requirements for magnesium.
250ml of Dairyland 2% milk provides 11% of our daily requirements for zinc.

And although they mention that vitamin B6, B12, B3 (Niacin) and potassium are added, they don’t say how much.

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August 10, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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