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?
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.