Move over vitamins. Bioactives are the new frontier of functional ingredients.

Bioactives are small molecular compounds found in plants, fungi, and aquatic sources. Recently, there’s been a surge in interest in identifying bioactive compounds with the potential to be used in food formulations thanks to their potential health benefits.

“Plant bioactives are where it’s at right now,” says food scientist and researcher Taylor Wallace, a member of the Bioactives Coalition, a group formed last year t…

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Danielle Beurteaux is a journalist who writes about science, technology, and food (@daniellebeurt and