"Avocados are a nutrient dense, cholesterol-free fruit with naturally good fats, and are a delicious and easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to everyday healthy eating plans, Ford added."
Washington, July 12 - A fresh avocado when added to a tomato sauce or raw carrot meal promotes conversion of provitamin A (inactive vitamin form) to vitamin A (active vitamin form), says a study.

Vitamin A is involved in reproductive health and growth promotion; helps support healthy skin, immune function, and vision; and has antioxidant properties.

For the study, researchers investigated if avocados could help the body better use and absorb vitamin A from carotene-rich foods when eaten together.

Pairing certain foods together is more than just about taste - specific foods eaten together can help your body utilise the benefits more effectively. We know that avocado consumers are interested in foods that act like a 'nutrient booster', said Nikki Ford from Hass Avocado Board in the US.

The research was based on two randomised, two-way crossover feeding studies in 12 healthy men and women.

Compared to a tomato sauce meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado (150 g), more than quadrupled (4.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A to vitamin A.

Similarly, the researchers found that compared to a raw carrot meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado significantly increased (12.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A to vitamin A.

Avocados are a nutrient dense, cholesterol-free fruit with naturally good fats, and are a delicious and easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to everyday healthy eating plans, Ford added.

The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002387785
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Americas


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.