Tip of the week...
Nutrition fails you want to avoid
■ Taking supplements with coffee: Caffeine hinders your body’s ability to absorb certain vitamins and minerals. If you take a multivitamin in the morning, take it with water an hour after you’ve enjoyed your java.
■ Refusing salad dressing: Key nutrients in salad vegetables can’t be absorbed by the body unless accompanied by fat. To benefit from vitamins A, E, and K, eat your greens with either an oil-based dressing or additions like nuts, avocado, or seeds.
■ Buying the wrong yogurt: Yogurt that’s been heated or pasteurized lacks probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that aid digestion and the immune system. To get the right stuff, look for the words “live active cultures.”
■ Eating whole flaxseeds: A whole flaxseed can pass through you undigested, so grind them before consuming them to enjoy the benefits of the seeds’ fiber, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
Source: The Washington Post