For the last two months I have been eating vegetables like they’re candy; breakfast, lunch, and dinner many days. My energy levels have been through the roof, I’ve been sleeping better, been in a better mood, and my workout performances have gotten better. All because of a few extra nutrients and a lower glycemic load. I’ve written posts about the different vitamins and nutrients found in the rainbow of vegetable selections at your farmer’s market and grocery store, but I didn’t mention that many of those vitamins, such as A, D, K and E are fat soluble, meaning they need to be consumed with fat in order to be fully beneficial.
“When fat-soluble vitamins are ingested, they move from the mouth to the stomach to the small intestine. Their ability to dissolve in fat allows for their absorption: Fats are able to move across the cell walls of the small intestine and enter the body’s general circulation. Any vitamins dissolved in that fat are absorbed into the body as well. The dietary-fat vehicles carry the vitamins through the intestine, into the bloodstream, and then to the liver, where they’re stored until the body needs them.” (Layton)
When you eat vegetables make sure you get a healthy dose of fats along with them. According to my husband, there is no better accompaniment to vegetables than organic grass-fed butter, which itself is filled with carotene and Vitamin K. It’s as simple as a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of butter or coconut oil, remember to avoid canola or vegetable oil. I know eating more vegetables can be difficult, but covering them with butter makes them a little easier to swollow…and digest.
Layton, Julia. “Discovery Health “How Does Dietary Fat Help Us Absorb Vitamins?”” Discovery Health “Health Guides” How Stuff Works. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/fat-absorb-vitamins.htm.
Sisson, Mark. “Grass Fed Butter – Choosing a Better Butter.” Mark’s Daily Apple. The Blog Studio, 3 Aug. 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. <http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grass-fed-butter/>.