Phytochemicals’ Role in Good Health
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2010, 2020, 4030, 4040; Level 2
This continuing education course discusses the classification and mechanisms of action of phytochemicals; explores research concerning their role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes as well as neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; and provides suggestions RDs can share with clients for consuming phytochemical-rich foods.
Course content appeared as the CPE Monthly in the September 2013 issue of Today’s Dietitian. It was written by Densie Webb, PhD, RD, a freelance writer, editor, and industry consultant based in Austin, Texas.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Define and discuss phytochemicals.
- Distinguish foods that are rich in phytochemicals.
- Identify at least one condition or disease for which research suggests eating phytochemical-rich foods may decrease risk.
- Assess limitations of current research regarding phytochemicals and disease.
- Provide clients and patients with recommendations for consuming phytochemical-rich foods.
- 2.00 CDR