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Nutritional and Health Benefits of Temperate Fruits

  • Callistus Bvenura
  • Ngemakwe Nitcheu Patrick Hermaan
  • Lingyun Chen
  • Dharini Sivakumar
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Abstract

Epidemiologic evidence has suggested a close relationship between the daily consumption of fruits and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, certain forms of cancer, and general health and wellbeing. The upsurge in the consumption of unhealthy processed foods is slowly breeding unhealthy nations, and this comes at huge costs to governments. Recent reports indicate very low per capita global fruit consumption. Therefore, the recent interest in phytonutrient compositions of fruits could not have come at a better time. Although the phytonutrient compositions of fruits have been widely reported, comprehensive analysis of their phytonutrient compositions and effects on health are lacking. Therefore, in this chapter, we report the phytonutrient compositions of some temperate fruits and their health benefits. This information will be useful to a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government departments involved with food, in the hope to educate and increase fruit consumption.

Keywords

Phytochemicals Minerals Carbohydrates Berries, pome fruits Amino acids 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The financial support of the Canadian and South African Research Chair Programme for the Phytochemical Food Network to improve the nutritional status of the consumers (grant number 98352) is greatly acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Callistus Bvenura
    • 1
  • Ngemakwe Nitcheu Patrick Hermaan
    • 1
  • Lingyun Chen
    • 2
  • Dharini Sivakumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Phytochemical Food Network Group, Department of Crop SciencesTshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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