Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ah, our friend fat

…Tara Parker-Pope, the WSJ’s premier health guru, says researchers are finding that a little butter on your veggies helps you absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in there.

…Butter, veggies…together again! It’s like a dream.

…Here is the money quote: “Studies are now showing that people who opt for no-fat dressing or who skip adding foods like avocado or cheese to avoid fat calories, are getting far less out of their salads and other veggies.”

…”Wonderful compounds are missed,” warns another researcher.

…In one controlled test, adding avocado to fat-free salsa and bread caused men and women to absorb from 2 to 4 times as much lycopene and beta carotene.

…Lycopene is linked to prevention of prostate cancer and beta carotene helps produce Vitamin D.

…Fat from avocado in a salad caused people to absorb even more lutein and beta carotene.

…Scientists said the most surprising thing to them was how little was absorbed without the fat!

…Don’t overdo, try to stick with the unsaturateds like olive oil. But a pat of real butter is OK, too. Or in a meal with no other fat, whole milk or a little cream.

…Watch those evil trans-fats--they inhibit absorption!

…Look at the fat content of your whole meal. If you have a burger, Tara-Pope writes, with strawberries for dessert, skip the cream on the berries. The fat in the burger will provide all the absorbing needed.

…Thanks, Tara. HA is now starving!

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