Dietary and lifestyle shifts have taken place in our society that occurred at a faster rate than the human genome can adopt. These dietary changes have adversely affected the health that resulted in a multitude of chronic life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular, diabetes, hypertension and cancer in our society today. In order to prevent and reduce the growing incidence of such chronic diseases, nutritional scientists developed the concept of functional and super foods. The nutraceutical compounds responsible for these qualities have existed for tens of thousands of years in the plants. By reading this book the readers will understand the cause for developing these dreadful diseases and the ways and means to prevent them.
Thayumanavan, a retired professor of Biochemistry from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, was engaged in teaching biochemistry of foods and food processing to students of Horticulture, Food processing engineering and Biotechnology for more than three decades. He has written a text book of Biochemistry for students of agriculture and another book about the plant chemicals responsible for disease resistance in crop plants. He is an active writer in Tamil and published many articles related to food in monthly journals and books. He has published many scientific research articles in international journals regarding grain quality, nutritional contents and pesticide residues in foods. Palvannan is working as Assistant professor of Biochemistry at Periyar University, Salem. He is actively engaged in research and guiding research scholars on phytochemicals to cure human diseases. He has undergone post-doctoral training at Belgium and South Korea.
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