In the last nutrition blog post I spoke about the benefits of phytonutrients and how to get more of these compounds in your diet. Today I want to pay special attention to the phytonutrients found in the brassica group of veggies. Brassa- what I hear you say? Brassica’s are usually dark green veggies that have quite a distinctive bitter taste like broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale etc. You may have also heard these veggies referred to as cruciferous vegetables. These veggies have received a lot of attention in recent years because of their cancer-protective benefits. They are unique sources of sulphur containing phytochemicals called glucosinolates. This phytonutrient is responsible for the taste and odour of these veggies. A general rule of thumb – the more bitter the veggie tastes the greater the concentration of glucosinolates. When these veggies are chopped or well chewed an enzyme is released and it breaks glucosinolates down into two compounds – sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol (I3C). These two compounds have been associated with a lower risk of developing certain cancers, in particular breast, colorectal and prostate cancers. Sulforaphane has been shown to improve the livers detoxification processes which means that the body [...]

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PHYTONUTRIENTS: Fight-O-Nutrients!

Phytonutrients or phytochemicals are chemicals found only plants - phyto comes from the Greek word for plant. Since you may hear me frequently referring to these beautiful nutrients on the blog I thought I would give you a little bit of background information. Phytonutrients often account for the colour, taste or smell of food for example the dark blue colour of blueberries, the bitterness of brocolli and the garlicky smell of well garlic. Phytonutrients often play a protective role in plants, the chemicals protect the plants from fungi, insects and birds as well as UV radiation. These nutrients are not essential –meaning we will not die from nutritional deficiencies if we do not consume them, however they have very definite health promoting effects such immune boosting, detoxification, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. There is also vast amount of scientific literature showing that phytonutrients can help protect against diseases from alzheimers, cancers, heart disease, lung disease, parkinsons and many more. It is thought that there are over 4000 different phytonutrients, and each of these nutrients plays it’s own specific function - when eaten together, in sufficient quantities, these nutrients can be hugely beneficial to your health. 5 quick tips to [...]