Water-soluble B vitamin
Thiamin is a water-soluble vitamin that is a member of the B vitamin family. It is particularly important that adolescents, pregnant and nursing women, athletes and those taking diuretics get enough of this important B vitamin.
Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of thiamin. Grab a pencil and paper and jot your down your answers to these five questions, plus a bonus question. Then click on the Answers button to see how you did and what your answers mean.
Question #1. What is the main function of thiamin (Vitamin B1)?
Question #2. Name five good sources of thiamin?
Question #3. How can food preparation methods affect the amount of thiamin in the food you eat?
Question #4. What are the symptoms of thiamin deficiency?
Question #5. What is the name given to a severe thiamin deficiency?
Bonus Question: How does alcoholism affect a person’s need for thiamin?
Deficiency is not common in U.S.
In general, people who live in developed countries like the United States get enough thiamin. However, those suffering from eating disorders or living in poverty may not be eating enough food to get sufficient thiamin in their diet.
Although there are some excellent sources of thiamin, many foods contain small amounts of thiamin. If you eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups, you will more than likely get enough thiamin.
Some are more susceptible
Alcoholics are at particular risk for thiamin deficiency, since alcohol inhibits the ability of the body to absorb thiamin. This means that even if an alcoholic is eating a thiamin-rich diet, the body may not have access to enough of this B vitamin to maintain good health.
In addition, when alcohol is replacing food in the diet, there could also be a thiamin deficiency.
When you need more of this B vitamin
You should know that the need for thiamin is greater under certain conditions:
-Consuming large amounts of coffee
-Frequent use of diuretics
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