Personal Trainer Quick Tip
Are Avocados the Key to Boosting Lycopene Absorption?
Lycopene is a type of carotenoid, an organic pigment that is found in tomatoes and gives them their red color. These organic pigments are also found in fruits such as guava, watermelon, and grapefruit.
Dietary fats, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, need to be present for optimal absorption of lycopene. The main problem is many of the foods containing lycopene have little to no dietary fat content. Research suggests that the heart healthy monounsaturated fats found in avocados can greatly increase the absorption of lycopene. The study provides evidence that consuming avocados with tomatoes can increase lycopene absorption up to 400% greater than when consuming tomatoes alone.
Lycopene may help protect against heart attacks and prostate cancer. This is great news for everyone, especially men. So next time you make a salad, don’t forget to combine your avocados and tomatoes to reap all the benefits!
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