Nutrition highlights – Grapefruit, Avocado & Cucumber salad, Pork Schnitzel and Potato Salad…

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Nutrition highlights – Grapefruit, Avocado & Cucumber salad, Pork Schnitzel and Potato Salad…

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So as many of the Bottle Bazaar Wine Tasting Club members will know – India Marshall-Roads has asked me to give some nutrition information on the food that accompanies the wine…

So this delicious looking meal (which accompanies the Gruner Veltliner wine) is pork schnitzel, potato salad and grapefruit, avocado and cucumber salad…

The nutritional highlights then, starting particularly with the grapefruit as it’s the more unusual thing about this meal…

Vitamin C

Most of this comes from one of the stars of this particular show which is the grapefruit, which provides about an adult’s daily intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for maintaining cartilage, bones and teeth and to aid wound healing. Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron – which in this meal is provided by the bread and pork. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which helps to prevent free radicals we encounter during exercise – or when exposed to tobacco smoke.

 

Vitamin A

The meal gives about 90% of an adult’s daily Vitamin A, coming mostly from the grapefruit – and some from the chive topping. Vitamin A is an antioxidant and it benefits cell immunity and growth, eye and skin health.

 

Avocado … B5, B6, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, potassium, healthy fats, fibre and folate

So half an average avocado in this meal offers a wealth of nutritional benefits, including vitamin B5 which is important for helping us to get energy from food, and is also involved in the sleep – wake cycle. Avocadoes also contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, potassium and folate. Folate is needed to make new DNA in new cells, be they in pregnancy for example, or in new white blood cells where we encounter an infection. It is also a source of healthy fats, Vitamin E and fibre. Its healthy, monounsaturated fats may enhance insulin sensitivity, which can improve the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels effectively.

 

Selenium

Pork is a good source of this and this helps us to maintain a healthy metabolism, immunity and is essential for successful fertility and reproduction. If you have Crohn’s, HIV or malabsorption disorders you are more likely to be deficient in selenium and deficiency has been linked to adverse moods.

 

Copper

In this meal, this is provided by the potatoes, avocado and pork… we need it to form bones and connective tissue, to fuel immune cells and for red blood cell formation. Too little of this on a regular basis and we may end up with a low white blood cell count, anaemia or osteoporosis.

 

So that’s the end of the nutritional highlights for this meal. However if you want to go for a lighter meal and you prefer a fish dish – here are the nutritional benefits of the Lemon Tarragon Salmon over Asparagus…

It goes without saying that alcohol should be consumed within moderation, and the NHS has set limits (not targets!) on the maximum number of weekly units that should be consumed (14). More info on measuring units here…

This is a pretty substantial meal in terms of the size of the pork schnitzel and so my suggestion would be to consider enjoying this at lunchtime, to allow for a more complete digestion and to give you time to walk it off later on…

Bon appetit!

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