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Thursday, 10 February 2011

High fat meals promote better vitamin E absorption

This post contains a synopsis of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2004), 92: 575-579 and a recipe for hog dog chili with jalapeno slaw.

Study title and authors:
The absorption of vitamin E is influenced by the amount of fat in a meal and the food matrix
Yvonne M. Jeanesa1, Wendy L. Halla1, Susan Ellarda1, Elizabeth Leea1 and John K. Lodgea1 c1
a1 Centre for Nutrition and Food Safety, School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK

This paper can be accessed at:
In this study to test the absorption rates of vitamin E, subjects consumed 150 mg of vitamin E with test meals of:
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(a) toast with butter (17·5 g fat)
(b) cereal with full-fat milk (17·5 g fat)
(c) cereal with semi-skimmed milk (2·7 g fat)
(d) water (0 g fat).
The results were:
(1) Vitamin E absorption was significantly greater with the higher-fat toast and butter meal compared with the low-fat cereal meal or water.
(2) There was a trend towards greater absorption of vitamin E in the higher-fat toast and butter meal compared with the high-fat cereal meal.
(3) There was significantly greater vitamin E absorption with the high-fat cereal meal compared with the low-fat cereal meal.
(4) Vitamin E absorption following either the low-fat cereal meal or water was low.  
The study revealed that higher fat meals promote better vitamin E absorption.
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Recipe of the day

Hog Dog Chili with Jalapeno Slaw

Chili Ingredients: - Glatt Kosher Ground Chicken (White Meat)
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◦1 lb. ground chicken
◦1 package hot dogs, chopped
◦1 can Rotel tomatoes, juice drained, chopped small
◦1 c tomato sauce
◦2 chipolte peppers in adobe sauce, chopped finely
◦1 t garlic powder
◦1 t cumin powder

Slaw Ingredients:
◦1 red cabbage, sliced thinly
◦1/2 c mayo
◦1/2 red onion, sliced
◦3 T pickled jalapenos, finely chopped
◦5 T pickled jalapeno juice
◦1 T yellow mustard

In a medium sauce pan, cook the ground meat all the way through and then add the cut up hot dogs. Throw the rest of the ingredients in the pot and let it simmer while you make the slaw.

For the slaw, get out a large bowl and add all the ingredients, except the cabbage, and whisk to combine. Add the cabbage to the slaw base and mix to combine.

To serve, place the chili on the bottom of the bowl, then add some slaw.