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    1. Anti nutritional factors: Anti nutritional factors are the factors present in some foods, particularly those of plant origin, which interfere with the absorption of nutrients like protein, iron, calcium, etc.1 The important anti nutritional factors are trypsin (an important digestive enzyme) inhibitors, phytates, oxalates, tannins, etc.

    2. Antioxidants: Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals (unstable, reactive atom capable of tissue damage) that have a potential of damaging various types of cells (basic structural, function and biological unit of life) in your body.2

    3. Amino acids: Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. When proteins are digested, amino acids are left.3

    4. Anorexia: A condition in which there is marked loss of appetite and therefore loss of weight, accompanied by neurotic symptoms of varying degrees of severity.4

    5. Aspartame: Aspartame is an artificial, calorie free sweetener which is 200 times sweeter than sucrose (sugar, that naturally occurs in every fruit and vegetable).5


    1. C Gopalan, et al. Nutritive value of Indian foods. Hyderabad .National Institute of Nutrition. ICMR.2004

    2. Antioxidants. [Internet] cited on 29.03.11Available from :

    3. Amino Acids. [Internet] cited on 29.03.11Available from :

    4. Walsh JM, Wheat ME, Freund K. Detection, evaluation, and treatment of eating disorders the role of the primary care physician. J Gen Intern Med. 2000 Aug;15 (8):577-90.

    5. Lean ME, Hankey CR. Aspartame and its effects on health. BMJ. 2004 Oct 2;329(7469):755-6.