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The Protective Power Of Food

Nutritional science has shed much light on the importance of “whole food”: we now understand that nutrients in our food work synergistically to promote health—and that processed food, denuded of many of its intrinsic nutrients, can promote disease. We also know of 50 or so essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and essential fatty acids that we need to get on a regular basis from our diet, and more than 1,200 phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and animal products.

a rainbow of phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are the bioactive compounds in plants (“phyto” means plant) that supply their color and flavor. Although not essential to life in the way that vitamins and minerals are, they support ...

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