By Curt Beavers on May 16, 2012 in Nutrition
Whole foods supply a cornucopia of beneficial compounds in a synergistic balance that can never be duplicated by man. Raw foods that are not processed or cooked have a God-given balance that co-exists as interconnected food elements: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Along with these traditional nutrients is another huge group of naturally occurring chemicals that are now known to benefit the body as well–you’ll recognize their name as the current nutritional buzz-word “phytochemicals.” The term is derived from the prefix “phyto,” which means plant. Phytochemicals, also called phytonutrients, are compounds found naturally in fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and legumes. There are literally hundreds and maybe even thousands of phytochemicals in each species of plant.