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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?
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Are a plants defence chemicals beneficial when we eat them?
« Reply #1 on: 29/05/2012 14:28:29 »
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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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