A Balanced Diet – Bioavailabity

A balanced diet is the key to a happier, healthier life, so the mantra goes. Experts advise us to eat more fruit and veg; boost protein and fibre intake; make sure we get the optimum levels of vitamins and minerals……

But what actually happens to these nutrients once they are inside the body?  Read more here in this interesting article at BBC News.

FOOD PREPARATIONS AND THEIR BENEFITS
Food Nutrient Benefit Why it works
Spinach and orange juice Iron Helps prevent anaemia, energy loss, infections Juice turns iron into more easily absorbed form
Canned or cooked tomatoes Lycopene Antioxidant thought to halt cell damage Lycopene turned into more readily absorbed form
Cooked rather than raw carrots Beta-carotene Antioxidant Cooking breaks down cell wall allowing easier absorption
Leafy vegetables dressed in oil Lutein May prevent eye disease Lutein is fat-soluble, so oil aids absorption

 

 

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