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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 11 February 2011

Higher nutrient bioavailability with full fat salad dressings

This post includes a summary of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol. 80, No. 2, 396-403, August 2004 and a recipe for shrimp stuffed avocados.

Study title and authors:
Carotenoid bioavailability is higher from salads ingested with full-fat than with fat-reduced salad dressings as measured with electrochemical detection1,2,3
Charles Hunt's Diet Evolution: Eat Fat and Get Fit!
Melody J Brown, Mario G Ferruzzi, Minhthy L Nguyen, Dale A Cooper, Alison L Eldridge, Steven J Schwartz and Wendy S White
1 From the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames (MJB and WSW); the Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, Columbus (MGF, MLN, and SJS); and The Procter & Gamble Nutrition Science Institute, Cincinnati (DAC and ALE)

This study can be accessed at:
The study revealed that no absorption of carotenoids was observed when salads with fat-free salad dressing were consumed. A substantially greater absorption of carotenoids was observed when salads were consumed with full fat than with reduced-fat salad dressing.
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Recipe of the day

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

Charleston Seafood Frozen Peeled & Deveined Shrimp, 32-Ounce Box
Food Mall: Deveined Shrimp
• 3 medium size avocados
• 2 T lemon juice
• 1 1/2 lb small or medium sized shrimp, cooked, shelled, deveined and chilled

Cut avocados in half; remove seed and skin. Stuff with shrimp. Add lemon juice.

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados