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For centuries we have known thatfruit is important for health, but we are only just beginning to fullyunderstand why.Bioactives in Fruit: Health Benefits and Functional Foodsaims tosummarise some of our current knowledge on the bioactive compounds thatare associated with the health benefits of specific fruits with a strongemphasis on the validation of health benefits by human intervention trials. Reflectingthe current interest in food and health, the book includes strategies to retainand enhance the bioactives in fruit through breeding, growing conditions, fruitstorage, processing into ingredients and production of functional foods.
To accomplish this task authors withexpertise in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, food science, nutrition,medicine, and horticulture have contributed.They come from universities, government and industry funded researchinstitutes and biotechnology and food companies in Europe, the United States,Asia and New Zealand to give the book a broad perspective.
This book, describing fruit bioactives, their healthbenefits when consumed as a food and related topics regarding their developmentinto fresh or processed functional foods, will be of use to postgraduate
students, researchers, functional food product developers, food regulators andanyone who has curiosity about why fruit is good for you. The information contained within will provideplant breeders with new targets for the development of value-addedhorticultural products, and will also provide nutritionists and dieticians witha useful resource for developing strategies to assist in preventing or slowingdisease onset or severity.Bioactivesin Fruit: Health Benefits and Functional Foodsis a majorresource which will be required reading for anyone working in the fields ofhealth and functional foods.
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