Helpful Resources

Below you’ll find a range of sources of information about the phytochemicals found in various fruit, vegetables herbs and spices this website and book are based on.



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This book brings the science of plant compounds to people interested in healthy eating and nutrition. It interprets the latest scientific research about health promoting phytochemicals that are supplied to us in common fruit and vegetables (including nuts, legumes and whole grains), herbs and spice.