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Fat-Soluble Vitamins

A rite of passage for each of my children, at about kindergarten age, was the way I would query them: “When did the War of 1812 start?” I would say. It would generally be followed by the obligatory, “Who fought in the Spanish-American War?” All of this was not so cleverly designed to engage their brains regarding the obvious.

Here’s another one: “What do you need to take with fat-soluble vitamins? The answer: Fat! Ninety-five percent of vitamin D is wasted when supplements are taken with a no-fat or lowfat meal. Similarly grim absorption percentages have been observed for vitamins E and A, beta-carotene, lycopene and a host of others.

The solution: Make sure you get 12 to 15 grams or more of fat in any meal at which you’re taking fat-soluble vitamins. Furthermore, some fats or oils consumed with spinach, broccoli or tomatoes enhance the bioavailability of a host of nutrients in those health giving foods.

—Ron Noreman

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