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Optimum Nutrition by Stephanie Green

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CHAPTER11

Phytonutrients

In This Chapter

  • The role plants play in your health
  • Classification of the key phytonutrients
  • The function of phytonutrients in decreasing risk of disease
  • Which foods rank the highest in phytonutrients
  • How your body utilizes phytonutrients

The word phytonutrient comes from the Greek word for plant, phyto, and means “plant nutrients.” These are additional chemical substances that offer your body a protective health benefit and help ward off disease. They’re different from vitamins and minerals, but can act in a similar way.

Many phytonutrients are known to exist and scientists believe there are many more that haven’t ...

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