Food consists of a complex mixture of different chemical substances and we cannot understand the nutritional significance of any one component of food if we ignore the other components. The availability of a nutrient in any food will depend not only on its chemical and physical form, but also on the other substances present in the food. The absorption and metabolism of one nutrient is often affected by the intake of other nutrients. This article examines some of the many ways in which the different components in food may interact with each other.
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