As the days get shorter, we tend to spend more time indoors. Festive though they are, candles, holiday lights, and fireplaces can’t make up for the sunlight we lack this time of year. And the sun’s cheerful light and warmth aren’t the only things we miss through the winter: our bodies need sunlight to help produce vitamin D.
Adapted from tasteofhome.com
Vitamin D has been getting a lot of attention lately for several reasons. It appears that vitamin D deficiency may affect many more people than previously thought who reside at mid-northern latitudes, including most of the United States. This is true even at the current recommended daily intake of 400 International Units (IU). The National Institutes of Health will likely recommend an increase to 800 – 1000 IU per day in May 2010, when they release their review of the vitamin D guidelines.
Congratulations to our fabulous farmer friend and environmental steward, Allen Harthorn of Harpo Organics, who grows succulent organic Valencia oranges in Ventura County.
Allen Harthorn and wife, Pamela, have transitioned his grandfather's ranch into a certified organic farm. In addition to being on the board of California Certified Organic Farms, Allen has served as president of Friends of Butte Creek, stewards of the salmon habitat located there.
The FruitGuys has been working with Allen for the last two years and we are now proud to bring you his good news: "The salmon are running!"
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Highlight from June's Wellness Letter: Ask The Experts
Is grass-fed beef a good source of omega-3 fats? How does it compare to salmon?
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As part of your FruitGuys subscription, we provide you and your employees online access to UC Berkeley's Wellness Letter, the newsletter of nutrition, fitness and self-care. It translates leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living--at home, at work, while exercising, shopping, or cooking.
Highlight from the July Wellness Letter: Ask the Experts
Question: What is the gray layer under the skin in salmon? Is it OK to eat?