Food Function and Structure
The macronutrients and micronutrients our bodies need
We all eat food because it provides the five fundamental types of materials required to keep our bodies functioning. Learn more about the structure and function of these materials.
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Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds that are found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. These compounds have been linked to human health by contributing to protection against...
Nutrients are substances needed for energy provision and other body functions. Macronutrients are nutrients required in large amounts that provide energy. They are carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
In 2007, Dr Sean Bulley and a team from Plant & Food Research discovered a vital step in vitamin C production in plants. They are now identifying molecular markers to show which plants will bear...
Many health benefits have been claimed for antioxidant polyphenols in the plant foods we eat. Dr David Stevenson from Plant & Food Research is conducting trials to find out if there are real...