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Jane Kozicki
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RN, MS, CN
Green Bay
Pharmacy
Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural
635 Main Street
Green Bay
WI
54301

I know I should eat more fruits and vegetables, but it’s hard for me when I’m traveling.  Do you have any suggestions?

Fruit and vegetable drink mixes cannot replace whole foods, but they can be a great way to incorporate a healthy alternative when we’re on the go or traveling. Many drink mixes available in health food stores combine a variety of fruits and vegetables. Some may also add a healthy dose of fiber, too. Many of our customers enjoy Earth’s Promise drink mixes from Enzymatic Therapy. They formulate their mixes based on the color concept. A full range of fruit and vegetable colors provides a broad assortment of nutrients to promote optimal health. 

 

I frequently suffer from constipation and am trying to eat more fiber. However, I am confused by the information that I have read about the different types of fiber. Can you explain the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?

There are two types of fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves and breaks down in water and is found in apples, oranges, oat bran, barley and others. Insoluble fiber is also known as roughage and passes through your digestive system almost intact and is found in food such as whole grain cereals, oatmeal, pasta, and flaxseed. Insoluble fiber is known to promote bowel movements and prevent constipation. However, it is important to consume both soluble and insoluble fiber because each provides unique benefits for general health. It is important to drink plenty of water as you add high fiber foods gradually.

 

I am interested in purchasing nutritional supplements for myself and my family. How can I determine whether the product I choose is a good quality product or not?

Many people look for the USP symbol on the label. The USP is a science based public health organization which sets standards for medications and dietary supplements sold in the United States. The standards have been used for over 185 years and by 130 countries around the world. However, the USP is just one of several criteria to consider when looking for supplements. Our course entitled “How to Choose a Quality Supplement” provides helpful tools to guide you in selecting products. For additional information on any of our nutritional presentations, please visit our website at www.streuspharmacybaynatural.com.

 

My husband I have two young children at home and have concerns about their diet. We are interested in learning more about ingredient lists and nutrition fact labels. How do we know what all these ingredients are and what to avoid?

The Nutrition Fact Label can be a helpful tool to compare products in the grocery store. In our course entitled “Reading Nutrition Fact Labels,” we explore the “Danger Zone” which represents the internal aisles of the grocery store. Here, we find many ingredients to limit in our diet which include high fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour and partially hydrogenated oils. However, we also discover that you can shop in the “Danger Zone” and find products that contain many healthful ingredients as well. For additional information on any of our nutritional presentations, please visit our website at www.streuspharmacybaynatural.com.

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