According to a recent researchconducted at Purdue University, adding whole eggs to a colorful salad augments the amount of Vitamin E which the body absorbs from the vegetables.
Expert Wayne Campbell said, “Vitamin E is the second-most under-consumed nutrient in the average American diet, which is problematic because this fat-soluble nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Now consumers can easily improve their diets by adding eggs to a salad that boasts a variety of colorful vegetables.”
Another researcher Jung Eun Kim said, “We found Vitamin E absorption was 4- to 7-fold higher when three whole eggs were added to a salad.
This study is novel because we measured the absorption of Vitamin E from real foods, rather than supplements, which contain mega-dose amounts of Vitamin E.”
Vitamin E, which is absorbed along with dietary fats, is often found in oils, seeds and nuts.
Eggs, a nutrient-rich food containing essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins, also contain a small amount of vitamin E.
The study accounted for how much total Vitamin E was absorbed when Vitamin E containing foods were co-consumed with whole eggs.
It supports a way to increase the absorption of Vitamin E found in foods that contain low dietary fat.
Also, the research highlights how one food can improve the nutrition value of another food when they are consumed together.
The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition, and the study was supported by the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center, National Institutes of Health and Purdue Ingestive Behavior Research Center.