Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

explain the types of evidence that link diet with the diseases of affluence; describe and explain the guidelines for a prudent diet and explain the recommendations concerning dietary fat and carbohydrate; explain what is meant by a free radical, how oxygen radicals cause tissue damage and the main sources of oxygen radicals;

describe the main antioxidant nutrients and explain how they are believed to protect against cancer and heart disease;

describe the various protective non-nutrient compounds that are found in a variety of foods and explain their protective actions.

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