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Happy 80th birthday, vitamin E!

MODESTO, Calif. Vitamin E was discovered by Dr. Herbert Evans in 1922. Today, Evanss discovery is known as an important antioxidant and a cellular super hero of sorts, as researchers have discovered more about it every year since.

For example, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) now recommends adults get 15 milligrams of only the alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E daily, and emphasizes healthful natural sources such as whole foods. Alpha-tocopherol is the form of vitamin E that the body prefers and uses best. Though 15 milligrams doesnt sound like a lot, most Americans are getting only about half that amount.

A new analysis provides surprising facts on the quality of our vitamin E sources. A new analysis from Tufts University shows that adults arent getting alpha-tocopherol from good-quality food sources. Most of the vitamin E adults get now comes from foods like white bread, cookies, donuts and cakes, which actually provide very little of the vitamin, the analysis shows. Two slices of white bread, for instance, contain less than one milligram, as do two sugar cookies. Instead, wed easily reach the daily recommendation by eating foods that are better vitamin E sources. The key is to know which foods to choose.

Make smart food choices: Think almonds. Of the many whole food sources containing alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, almonds lead the pack by far more than any other nut and more than other foods. An ounce of almonds gives you more than 7 milligrams of alpha-tocopherol meaning just a handful of almonds provides half the daily requirement. Plus, at just 164 calories per ounce, that same handful also provides other important nutrients like protein, dietary fiber, unsaturated fat, calcium, zinc and magnesium.

"Its helpful to think of calories in terms of a daily spending allowance most people want to spend their money wisely, so why not spend your calories wisely?" says registered dietitian Elizabe
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Contact: Carrie Kundrat, MS, RD
ckundrat@porternovelli.com
202-973-4784
Porter Novelli
20-May-2002


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