Fruits and vegetables are one of the richest sources of ascorbic acid, other antioxidants and produce-specific bioactive compounds. A general consensus from health experts has confirmed that an increased dietary intake of specific bioactive compounds found in some fresh produce types may protect against oxidative damage and reduce the incidence of certain cancers and chronic diseases. This book collectively discusses and reviews empirical data on health-promoting properties of major fresh produce types. It provides detailed information on identity, nature, bioavailablity, chemopreventative effects and postharvest stability of specific chemical classes with kwn bioactive properties. In addition, chapters discuss the various methodologies for extraction, isolation, characterisation and quantification of bioactive compounds and the in vitro and in vivo anticancer assays. This book is an essential resource for researchers and students in food science, nutrition and fruit and vegetable production.
Dr Leon A Terry (Reader in Plant Science) is Head of the Plant Science Laboratory at Cranfield University and heads Food Security and Environmental Health within Cranfield Health, with responsibility over all staff and students in the area. His main research interests are fundamental postharvest physiology and biochemistry of fresh produce, postharvest pathology and disorders, chemometric and textural profiling for interpretation of chemical data, shelf-life and vase-life extension and quality evaluation and sensor and product development (including packaging). http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/health/abouttheschool/people/page8147.html