It was exciting! I was a member of the Energy Crew at Dole Energy-Day in Hamburg on 20 April. I did not want to miss travelling from the USA to present the latest Dole studies and to give the bloggers important information on healthy eating.
Research news from Dole
In a nutshell: the Dole Nutrition Institute, which is located on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, is perfectly equipped and our labs are the ideal starting point for conducting extensive analyses of fruit and vegetables. I was particularly pleased to be able to add to the knowledge of interested participants.
Informing people about a healthy diet is a matter of real personal
importance to me. An unhealthy lifestyle without sufficient fruit and
vegetables can contribute to the increased risk of developing many of the
“lifestyle diseases”, such as cardiac disease, cancer and diabetes. That is
why we carry out so much research at Dole, on fruit enzymes for example.
From the world of enzymes
Some fruit, like pineapples, contain certain types of enzymes known as cysteine proteases. These are responsible for degrading proteins. Research shows that the enzyme bromelain exhibits anti-inflammatory properties in the human body. We are currently deciphering which varieties of pineapple have the highest content of this useful material.
Cooperation with partner universities
In addition to our own studies, we also cooperate with other universities in North Carolina, including NC State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. One of the results of this cooperation was an interesting survey on the subject of chia seeds.
Chia seeds and omega-3 fatty acids
Chia seeds contain the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Our study has shown that the body can only benefit from the ALA in chia seeds if the seeds have been ground. Consuming whole seeds had practically no effect. The highest ALA value in the blood was seen after 2.5 hours.
So my tip is to grind the chia seeds to a fine powder before eating them to benefit from their health-promoting properties!
Are you as enthusiastic as I am about nutrition? I would love to read your comments.
Best wishes, Nick