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Washington:  A fresh avocado when added to a tomato sauce or raw carrot meal promotes conversion of provitamin A (inactive vitamin form) to vitamin A (active vitamin form), says a study. Vitamin A is involved in

IANS [ Updated: July 19, 2014 7:23 IST ]
reasons why avocado is healthy for you see pics
reasons why avocado is healthy for you see pics

Washington:  A fresh avocado when added to a tomato sauce or raw carrot meal promotes conversion of provitamin A (inactive vitamin form) to vitamin A (active vitamin form), says a study.

 
Vitamin A is involved in reproductive health and growth promotion; helps support healthy skin, immune function, and vision; and has antioxidant properties.
 
For the study, researchers investigated if avocados could help the body better use and absorb vitamin A from carotene-rich foods when eaten together.
 


"Pairing certain foods together is more than just about taste - specific foods eaten together can help your body utilise the benefits more effectively. We know that avocado consumers are interested in foods that act like a 'nutrient booster'," said Nikki Ford from Hass Avocado Board in the US.
 
The research was based on two randomised, two-way crossover feeding studies in 12 healthy men and women.
 
Compared to a tomato sauce meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado (150 g), more than quadrupled (4.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A to vitamin A.
 


Similarly, the researchers found that compared to a raw carrot meal without avocado, the addition of one avocado significantly increased (12.6 times) the conversion of provitamin A to vitamin A.
 
"Avocados are a nutrient dense, cholesterol-free fruit with naturally good fats, and are a delicious and easy way to add more fruits and vegetables to everyday healthy eating plans," Ford added.
 
The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition.

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