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Ingredient Glossary

Glossary List


Calcium

Cellulose Gel

Folate

Iron

Magnesium

Tomato Paste


Glossary Details


Calcium
Calcium is the mineral in your body that makes up your bones and keeps them strong. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in your body is stored in your bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is in your blood and soft tissues and is essential for life and health. Without this tiny 1% of calcium, your muscles wouldn't contract correctly, your blood wouldn't clot and your nerves wouldn't carry messages. A severe form of calcium depletion is osteoporosis. People with untreated celiac disease have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis - Back to top

Cellulose Gel
Cellulose Gel is a chemical compound used as a thickener and emulsifier in various food products. The gel comes from mixing methyl cellulose and water. Methyl cellulose is often added into products to generate their characteristic thick consistency. This is also done for foods like ice cream. Methyl cellulose is also an important emulsifier, preventing the separation of two mixed liquids. When eaten, methyl cellulose is not absorbed by the intestines but passes through the digestive tract undisturbed. It is considered safe for consumption. - Back to top

Folate
Folate is an important B-group vitamin. It is needed for healthy cell growth and development. All men, women and children need to consume folate daily in their diet. It is also important for women before and during the early stage of pregnancy because folate is necessary for the healthy development of babies. A folate deficiency can result in a form of anemia that is similar to iron deficiency anemia. Adequate folate is needed to prevent a buildup of homocysteine in the body, which can lead to hardening of the arteries. - Back to top

Iron
Iron mainly functions in the hemoglobin in our red blood cells, which transport oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues, including to the muscles and the brain. Iron can be accessed in many different types of food, but only a small percent is actually absorbed into the body. About 50% of women are iron deficient, and women in their child-bearing years are at most risk. - top - Back to top

Magnesium
Magnesium functions in more than 300 enzymatic reactions. It is a mineral that is needed by every cell in the body. The typical American diet is frequently very low in magnesium. Many surveys have indicated that over 80 percent of Americans get less than the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of this important mineral. The highest magnesium concentration is found in the tissues that are most metabolically active including the brain, heart, liver, and kidney. Magnesium may improve energy production within the heart, improve delivery of oxygen to the heart, reduce demand on the heart, inhibit the formation of blood clots, and improve heart rate (thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease). A lifestyle that maintains adequate magnesium can prevent and manage high blood pressure. Magnesium may also be an effective tool against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraine headache management and Tourette syndrome management. - Back to top

Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is made from tomatoes that have been reduced through cooking, so it has a rich flavor, while tomato purée is a finer version of chopped, diced tomatoes. - Back to top