Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Avocados Are Natural "Nutrient Boosters"

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Avocados Are Natural "Nutrient Boosters"

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Research findings published in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition indicate that avocados act as a "nutrient booster," allowing the body to absorb significantly more "heart-healthy" and cancer-fighting nutrients like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lycopene, found in fruits and vegetables.

The study was conducted at Ohio State University where adult men and women consumed salad and salsa with and without fresh avocado. The subjects who consumed the meals with 75 grams of avocado (equivalent to 2.5 tablespoons) absorbed 8.3 times more alpha-carotene and 13.6 times more beta-carotene, both of which may help protect against cancer and heart disease. The subjects also absorbed 4.3 times more lutein, which contributes to eye health and may protect against macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

The subjects who consumed salsa with 150 grams of avocado absorbed 4.4 times more lycopene, which has been linked to prostate cancer protection, while absorption of beta-carotene doubled. Researchers concluded that the monounsaturated fat in the avocados boosted the participants' ability to absorb the beneficial nutrients. …

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