R is for Riboflavin

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Nutrition Tip Thursday

By Megan Barnes, Dietetic Intern

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is one of the 8 water soluble B vitamins. It is important for energy production, red blood cell production, and to keep the eyes, nervous system and skin healthy.

Riboflavin can be added back into refined grain products to replace some of the lost nutrients. Following a healthy eating pattern is a good way to meet daily needs of Riboflavin and to ensure you are getting all other essential vitamins and nutrients!

Good sources of Riboflavin include: 

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains
  • Enriched grain products (breakfast cereals, oats, bagels, bread, rice)
  • Organ meats (kidney and liver)
  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Dark green vegetables
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Almonds

Fun Fact: Riboflavin can be easily destroyed by light. This is why milk is packaged in opaque plastic/glass or paperboard to prevent nutrient loss!