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

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Chilies, which is a key ingredient in most hot sauces, contain a phytonutrient called capsaicin. Christina Oehler,, "Chrissy Teigen Says She Went to the Hospital After Eating Spicy Wings on ‘Hot Ones’—How Does That Happen?," 26 June 2019 Ginger — along with other vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains – contain high amounts of phytonutrients. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019 Add half a frozen banana—the freezing adds body—and a tablespoon of ground flax for fiber, phytonutrients and omegas. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge: Clean, Green, Juicing Machine," 20 Apr. 2012 More: Healthy Table: Daily cup or two of coffee may have health benefits More: Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant Strawberries also contain a variety of phytonutrients. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Make a salsa with strawberries instead of tomatoes," 2 June 2018 These deep-blue jewels of mother nature, with their firm, dewy skin and soft, pleasantly jelled flesh, also offer the gift of good health, being incredibly high in disease-fighting phytonutrients. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 2018 Grape or cherry tomatoes have more lycopene and other phytonutrients per ounce than large tomatoes. Polly Campbell,, "Get the most out of your food with these tips," 11 Jan. 2018 Studies show that the different colored sweet potatoes may contain varying levels of phytonutrients, the health-promoting chemicals found in plants. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Potatoes Are Officially One of the Best Carbs You Can Eat," 5 Mar. 2018 Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and health-promoting phytonutrients, sweet potatoes are good for you and easy to prepare. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Potatoes Are Officially One of the Best Carbs You Can Eat," 5 Mar. 2018

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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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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