We all know how important it is to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamins and minerals. But most of us know very little about an important group of substances known as phytochemicals. These are the compounds in plants that are thought to give them their colour, flavour and even aroma-but the latest research indicates they are capable of much, much more when integrated into our everyday diets. When consumed correctly, phytochemicals may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and many other common yet serious ailments.
In the book, I explain the nutritional science behind phytochemicals in addition to discussing how we can best incorporate “phyto foods”into our daily diet. Each kind of phyto food is discussed separately-fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, soy, beverages, and herbs, spices and oils-and, with the aid of more than 100 healthful and delicious recipes, shows how to maximize the benefits of phytochemicals in the foods we eat. I also sorts through the benefits and risks of the exploding market of phytochemical supplements.
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