Culinary plants and their potential impact on metabolic overload

Ji Yeon Kim, Oran Kwon

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Contemporary human behavior has led a large proportion of the population to metabolic overload and obesity. Postprandial hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia evoke redox imbalance in the short term and lead to complex chronic disease in the long term with repeated occurrence. Complex diseases are best prevented with complex components of plants; thus, current nutrition research has begun to focus on the development of plant-based functional foods and dietary supplements for health and well-being. Furthermore, given the wide range of species, parts, and secondary metabolites, culinary plants can contribute significant variety and complexity to the human diet. Although understanding the health benefits of culinary plants has been one of the great challenges in nutritional science due to their inherent complexity, it is an advantageous pursuit. This review will address the challenges and opportunities relating to studies of the health benefits of culinary plants, with an emphasis on obesity attributed to metabolic overload.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Culinary plants
  • Metabolic overload
  • Multicomponents
  • Multitargets


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