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It’s a Zoo Out There: Understanding Zoochemicals

Most fitness professionals are acquainted with the term phytochemicals, meaning the active components in plant- derived functional foods that are making headlines. But did you know that these health-promoting chemicals have animal-based cousins known as “zoochemicals”? The term zoochemicals refers to the healthy food components found in animal sources, such as the iron in beef.

Here’s a look at some of the more promising zoochemicals, their potential benefits and where you can find them:

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Source: September/October 2003 Food Insight; adapted from the ADA’s 1999 Position Paper on functional foods.


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