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Phytochemicals - 12/28/2007

Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are non nutrient compounds found in plants. Phytochemicals impart tastes, aromas, colors, and other characteristics. They give hot peppers their burning sensation, garlic and onion their pungent flavor, chocolate its bitter tang, and tomatoes their dark red color. In the body, studies have shown that phytochemicals can have pro-found physiological effects, acting as antioxidants which can significantly reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

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