Facts about Vitamins (FCS8808/FY890)

Figure 1.  Children's chewable vitamin – Many of us may think of this iconic image when we think about vitamins, but a healthy diet really starts with healthy food choices.Vitamins are chemical compounds that the body uses in a variety of ways. We need to get vitamins from our diet because we can’t make them in the body. There are 13 different vitamins that have been identified as important nutrients for humans. Learn more in this 3-page fact sheet written by R. Elaine Turner and Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, April 2012.