Food, not nutrients, is the fundamental unit in nutrition.

@article{Jacobs2007FoodNN,
  title={Food, not nutrients, is the fundamental unit in nutrition.},
  author={David R. Jacobs and Linda C. Tapsell},
  journal={Nutrition reviews},
  year={2007},
  volume={65 10},
  pages={
          439-50
        }
}
The identification of nutrients and the study of their bioactivity were significant developments in the evolution of contemporary nutrition science. This review argues for shifting the focus towards food in order to better understand the nutrition-health interface. It begins by introducing the concept of food synergy (a perspective that more information can be obtained by looking at foods than at single food components) to denote the action of the food matrix (the composite of naturally… CONTINUE READING

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