> ... One can see how whole foods offer so much
> more than a vitamin pill when it comes to protecting our health. Tablets
> will never contain such a complex array of these substances as found in
> real food..
That was an issue I meant to address but didn't. Good point. (Nothing
> This is one of the messages that dietitians and public health nutritionists
> are trying to get across to the public, that by increasing their
> consumption of vegetables and fruits ("Five a Day" campaign) they are
> reducing their risk of chronic diseases such as cancer.
> I do not know whether organically grown foods are richer in phytochemicals;
> I would expect that they are to be found in all plant foods irrespective of
> cultivation method; but it would certainly be interesting to learn whether
> organically grown methods increase their presence or affect the ratio of
> different kinds of compounds present.
> You should be able to get more information about phytochemicals from the
> American Institute for Cancer Research or World Cancer Research Fund - they
> have both just completed a big study called "Food, Nutrition and the
> Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective." State Extension Service
> Nutritionists should also have information about phytochemicals. They
> might help with a speaker, too. Hope this is helpful.
> Caroline Webber (Registered Dietitian)
> Portsmouth, Hampshire, U.K.
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