For more than 30 years, evidence has accumulated to show that those who consume more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis have a lower incidence of certain cancers and other medical disorders. It has become clear that plants themselves contain a diversity of substances that may be protective against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts, arthritis, scurvy and many other medical conditions. Collectively, the compounds found in plants that may protect against these conditions are called phytochemicals. Supplementing individual phytochemicals or nutrients has not been shown to be effective. Increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is effective in promoting health and decreasing disease.
The goal of this phytochemical continuing education program is to provide dietitians with knowledge about phytochemicals and their role in the maintenance of good health. After studying the information presented here, the learner will be able to:
- Discuss the various types of phytochemicals and their evolving role in nutrition
- Identify the various foods that are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, and explain the mechanisms of action for the various groups of phytochemicals
- Educate patients on how to incorporate antioxidants and phytochemicals into a healthy diet.
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2010, 2090, 4000, 4040.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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