Basis of Food Chemistry

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During my time in college, I took a class on food chemistry that enriched my understanding of a healthy lifestyle. It showed the importance of understanding what is the makeup of the food that you are putting into your body. In most cases I learned, the labeling of products can be misleading to the average consumer and the food is not as healthy as you thought. A great example: Everyone loves Kraft Mac and Cheese, however this is one of the worst products you can eat. The reasoning is simple, it contains artificial food dyes yellow 5 and 6 which is only used to create a brighter color for the chees. The food dye itself is unnecessary for the product and it can be extremely harmful to your body especially children which is what the products aims to target.

The field of food chemistry comprises of various different components. It is the study of the chemical processes and interactions of components of all foods. A popular topic of interest in the field of food chemistry is vitamins and the importance of them. Vitamins are an organic compound and are essential nutrients found in our body. They perform specific and vital functions in our body and are essential for nutrients. The important note to keep in mind is that the body does not need certain vitamins every day so it is important to be aware of your body and what it needs and does not need.

As a female runner, it is important to have an adequate amount of vitamins to help your overall athletic performance. The amount of vitamins you intake can either hinder or improve your athletic performance. Vitamins in general are essential nutrients found in our body. Their job is to perform specific and vital functions in our body. They are crucial for maintaining optimal health so it is important to be aware if you are getting enough vitamin intakes in your daily life. However it is important to know that not all vitamins are needed for your body everyday so it is important to educate yourself on the matter. Be aware of what foods you can find these vitamins and how much is too much. The important note to keep in mind is using vitamins are meant to help you be healthier in a few simple steps.

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