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F is for flavonoids. Yes, flavonoids! Are we all scratching our heads at the familiarity of the word and yet being clueless about it. Worry not and just keep reading (well if you want to know what are flavonoids then you will have to read the post). So what are flavonoids, how are they related to food and thus what are they doing at a food blogger’s post.

According to the most popular dictionary online Wikipedia, Flavonoids or bioflavonoids (from the Latin word flavus meaning yellow, their colour in nature) are a class of plant secondary metabolites. Flavonoids were referred to as Vitamin P perhaps because of the effect they had on the permeability of vascular capillaries) from the mid-1930s to early 50s, but the term has since fallen out of use.

Ah well! This one was quite confusing, so here is the simple one – Flavonoids are a remarkable group of phytonutrients that fall into the chemical category of polyphenols. They’re renowned for their rich diversity of colour-providing pigments (including the deep-blues of blueberries and rich reds of raspberries). The name of these phytonutrients actually derives from their colour-related chemistry, with the Latin word flavus meaning “yellow.” As a group, however, flavonoids are highly bioactive and play a wide variety of different roles in the health of plants, animals, and human health.

Apparently the flavonoid nutrient family is one of the largest nutrient families known to scientists. More than 6,000 unique flavonoids have been identified in research studies, and many of these flavonoids are found in plants that are routinely enjoyed in delicious cuisines throughout the world. In terms of nutrient richness, there are far more flavonoids from plant foods than from animal foods, and in particular, vegetables and fruits can be especially nutrient-rich in this type of phytonutrient. Ok non-vegetarians, we all need to eat our veggies as well if we want to savour the benefits of flavonoids.

According to the experts there are some flavonoids, which we already may have heard about but not in specific connection with the food. For instance catechins are flavonoids that are present in green tea. If I am making any sense then you guys may remember the Tata Brooke Bond advertisement where the lady of the house talks about flavonoids.

Best known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits, along with the support for cardiovascular and nervous r

Flavonoids are best known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits as well as the support of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Because they also help support detoxification of potentially tissue-damaging molecules, their intake has often, although not always, been associated with decreased risk of certain types of cancers, including lung and breast cancer. However, it is important to note that the amount of flavonoids required to provide the above health benefits is not certain, and there are some conflicting research findings in this regard.

Now that is scary! Why you may ask? Scary because we are still clueless about how much flavonoid we need to keep ourselves healthy and safe. I am giving some links for you as well?

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=119

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/f-w00/flavonoid.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=119

http://www.livestrong.com/article/73159-list-foods-flavonoids/

Hope these links will help you in understanding better and add more veggies to your non-veggie diet!.

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