Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Increase consumption of vegetables and eggs Carotenoid Absorption

Eating eggs along with raw vegetables adds to the absorption of carotenoids.

"Americans consume less vegetables. With this, we seek to improve the nutritional value of vegetables, as well as take advantage of the yolk, "says nutritionist Wayne Campbell of Purdue University, quoted from page ScienceDaily.

Campbell and colleagues conducted a study to see the effects of egg consumption on the absorption of carotenoids from raw vegetable salad.

In the study 16 healthy young men asked to take three versions of salad: without eggs, with half scrambled eggs and three eggs scrambled.

Those who ate the highest amount of eggs with salad containing tomatoes, shredded carrots, spinach, lettuce, and goji berries absorb more carotenoids 3-9 times.

Carotenoids contained in the salad between laim beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. The latter two are also found in egg yolks.

"Next time, when eating salad, add the eggs cooked to raw vegetables," said Campbell.

"Not only lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs, but the value of vegetables is also increasing," he added.

This study stems from their earlier studies which showed that adding certain oils to raw vegetable salad will add to the absorption of carotenoids.

According to Campbell, this benefit can be felt by all people of all ages.

He and his team plan to develop a study to see the effect of the fat-soluble nutrients, including vitamins D and E.

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