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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Oat bran and oat porridge markedly inhibit the absorption of non-haem iron

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1990 Nov;44(11):783-91 and a recipe for butter chicken in a silky sauce.

Study title and authors:
Inhibitory effect of oat products on non-haem iron absorption in man.
Rossander-Hulthén L, Gleerup A, Hallberg L.
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Department of Medicine, University of Göteborg, Sahlgren's Hospital, Sweden.

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In this review Rossander-Hulthén finds that oat bran and oat porridge markedly inhibited the absorption of non-haem iron. The inhibition can be explained by the high phytate content of oat products.

Rossander-Hulthén concludes: The inhibitory effect of oat products on iron absorption is sufficiently marked to be a serious consideration if such products are more regularly consumed.

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Recipe of the day

Butter Chicken in a Silky Sauce

5# Organic Chicken Thigh
Food Mall: Chicken Thighs
■4 pounds chicken thighs, chopped into 1-inch cubes
■6 garlic cloves, crushed
■2 teaspoons garam masala
■3 teaspoons ground coriander
■3 teaspoons ground cumin
■1 teaspoon chilli powder
■1 teaspoon paprika
■3/4 cup Greek-style (thick) yogurt
■7 tablespoons butter, chopped1 tablespoon white vinegar
■3 tablespoons tomato paste
■4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
■6 cardamom pods (crush pods slightly to release seeds and more flavor)
■1 cinnamon stick
■1 1/2 cup cream or coconut milk
■1/2 cup fresh coriander, coarsely chopped

Combine chicken, garlic, spices and yogurt in a covered container. Refrigerate for an hour or two.

Melt butter in a deep pan. Add vinegar, tomato paste, tomatoes, cardamom and cinnamon. Boil rapidly, stirring until sauce is thick (approximately 20 minutes).

Reduce heat to a simmer and add chicken. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through. Add cream or coconut milk, simmer a few minutes more, and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Butter Chicken in a Silky Sauce