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Tue, 29th May 2012

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Are the defence chemicals released by plants beneficial to us when we eat them? asked:

Plants release defensive chemicals when attacked by insects and slugs, and things. Are any of these chemicals of a benefit to us when we eat them?

Answer

Harry -   Yes, definitely.  The classic ones are the brassicas.  Things like broccoli and onions as well.  A lot of the compounds that really give them their distinct flavours are actually defence compounds or breakdown products from defence compounds.  So yeah, they have a huge impact on the quality of what you're eating.

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