Did You Know? New Ideas for Healthy Consumers

The Healthy Choice: Butter or Margarine

They sit side by side on grocery store shelves, so which one do you choose? More importantly, which one is the healthier choice? According to the Mayo Clinic, most margarine is healthier than butter. Margarine is made from vegetable oils and does not contain dietary cholesterol. It is also higher in good fats, which when substituted for saturated fats, reduces bad cholesterol. However, not all margarines are a healthy choice, such as stick margarine, which contains trans fat. Instead, choose a soft or liquid margarine with the least amount of calories, saturated fat and no trans fat.

Managing Medications: Take Our Quick Quiz

1. According to the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), splitting pills:
a. Is safe for all medications
b. Can aff ect the way a medication is absorbed
c. Should never be done unless the pills are approved for splitting and you have your doctor’s approval
d. Both b and c

2. Which tip is NOT recommended for storing medication?
a. Store it in a cool, dry place
b. Keep it in the original container
c. Keep the cotton plug in the bottle
d. None of the above

3. When talking with your doctor, you should let them know you take:
a. Vitamins
b. Over-the-counter medicines
c. Herbal supplements
d. All of the above

4. When ordering medication online, you should only purchase from a website that:
a. Has an FDA seal of approval
b. Is accredited by the Verifi ed Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program
c. Is based in Canada
d. Has testimonials
Answers: 1. (d) 2. (c) 3. (d) 4. (b)

Do Your Kids Need Vitamins?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that supplements are rarely needed in children ages 5 to 10 because most children can get all the vitamins and minerals they need through diet alone. However, many children have erratic or poor eating habits, or follow a certain diet (for example, no meat or dairy). In these cases, a supplement may be necessary. It is important to talk with your pediatrician about your child’s eating habits to see if supplements might be beneficial. Your pediatrician may suggest taking vitamins or provide other diet-related suggestions to help your child meet nutritional needs.

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