phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˌfī-tō-ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of phytonutrient

: a bioactive plant-derived compound (such as resveratrol) associated with positive health effects

Examples of phytonutrient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One disease-fighting agent in watermelon is a phytonutrient called lycopene. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Watermelon appetizer loaded with nutritious lycopene," 5 Sep. 2020 Their skins are a surprisingly good source of lutein, a beneficial phytonutrient that may keep our eyes healthy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Tzatziki sauce is a cool dressing for summer pasta salad," 16 Aug. 2020 Rich in vitamin C and fiber, blueberries also provide anthocyanin (an-tho-SY-a-nin), a phytonutrient which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and reduce inflammation. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chilled soups are an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet," 9 July 2020 In addition to fiber, these gems contain phytonutrients, which play a key role in gut and immune health. NBC News, "Staying home due to the coronavirus? Here's what to stock in your fridge and pantry," 12 Mar. 2020 More than 1,600 phytonutrients have been identified in grapes. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Greek yogurt with sautéed grapes is done in 5 minutes," 31 Jan. 2020 Tomato paste provides lycopene, a phytonutrient that some studies show may help reduce prostate cancer risk. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl food: Easy twist on sloppy joes has a horseradish kick," 24 Jan. 2020 These phytonutrients protect against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, thereby boosting immunity and helping reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 Beets are loaded with betalain, a group of phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "6 easy, delicious ways to upgrade your salad for winter," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of phytonutrient

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phytonutrient

phyto- + nutrient entry 2

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The first known use of phytonutrient was in 1994

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14 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Phytonutrient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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phy·​to·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˌfīt-ō-ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce phytonutrient (audio) \

Medical Definition of phytonutrient

: a bioactive plant-derived compound (as resveratrol or sulforaphane) associated with positive health effects

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