Study title and authors:
Serum retinol concentrations in children are affected by food sources of beta-carotene, fat intake, and anthelmintic drug treatment
F Jalal, MC Nesheim, Z Agus, D Sanjur and JP Habicht
Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
This paper can be accessed at: http://www.ajcn.org/content/68/3/623.abstract
The study found:
(a) The greatest rise in blood vitamin A levels occurred when meals contained added beta-carotene sources and added fat and the children were dewormed.
(b) Adding more fat to the meal and deworming the children caused a rise in blood vitamin A levels similar to that seen when feeding additional beta-carotene sources.
To conclude: Dietary fat enhances the uptake of beta-carotene and raises blood vitamin A levels.
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Recipe of the day
Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad
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•1 medium onion, finely chopped;
•2 cloves garlic, minced;
•1 1/2 tbsp homemade or Dijon mustard;
•2 tbsp lemon juice;
•4 loosely packed cups baby spinach;
•2 tbsp lard or other cooking fat;
•Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;
1.Place the sweet potato cubes in a pot of cold water, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until tender.
2.In the mean time, cook the bacon slices over a medium heat in a large pan until crisp, about.4 minutes per side. Set aside
3.Add the onion and garlic to the pan as well as the additional cooking fat and cook until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Season liberally with black pepper.
4.Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and mustard.
5.Drain the cooked sweet potato cubes and place in a bowl.
6.Add the baby spinach with the sweet potatoes and combine well and pour the cooked onions with all the drippings on top.
7.Crumble the cooked bacon over, combine and serve.
|Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad|