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The Peruvian government realised that by promoting their cultivation they might be able to combat the childhood malnutrition that had become all too common in the Andean highlands. 101 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOOD • 23 11. Changes in farming have cut levels of vital minerals in fruit and vegetables by up to 75% ou might think that fresh fruit and vegetables are always healthy. You might appreciate that processing can reduce their nutritional value, as can overcooking. In fact, changes in farming practice and food preservation and transportation can substantially alter the nutritional value of fresh fruit and vegetables.
This is very useful, because they can masquerade as cholesterol and interfere with its uptake into the body in the digestive tract. Research at the Chicago Center for Clinical Research in 1999 showed that, consumed regularly, plant sterols can reduce concentrations of what everyone calls the ‘bad cholesterol’, LDL (low-density lipoprotein). Phytosterols occur naturally in small amounts in vegetable oils, especially soya bean oil, which is why for a while soya was seen as a healthy food. Now many margarines, breakfast cereals and spreads are artiﬁcially enriched with plant sterols and marketed as health foods for those worried about high cholesterol levels.
Some researchers predict that heart patients could cut their risk of heart disease by 10–20% and their rate of death by 4–8% by eating an avocado a day over three years. Avocados are also thought to help protect against heart disease by lowering blood pressure. Bananas are often advocated T 38 • 101 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOOD for their blood-pressure beneﬁts because they are rich in potassium, but avocados contain two-and-a-half times as much. They are also rich in magnesium, which is again good for blood pressure.