|Perkins Veazie, Penelope|
Submitted to: Proceedings of Horticultural Industry Show
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: February 15, 2007
Publication Date: March 31, 2007
Citation: Perkins Veazie, P.M. 2007. Health from horticulture: What fruit can do for you! In: Proceedings of the 26th Oklahoma-Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show, January 5-6, 2007, Ft. Smith, Arkansas. p. 50-52. Interpretive Summary: Fruits and vegetables offer natural sources of human wellness compounds or phytonutrients. Some of these are well known vitamins, such as vitamins C and A, while others are relatively unknown, such as tannins and ellagic acid. In this paper, a list of the types of phytonutrients, their effects in prevention of human diseases and disorders, and common fruit sources of phytonutrients is presented for consumers.
Technical Abstract: Phytonutrients are compounds that are vitamins, minerals, or chemicals with non-nutrient health effects and are found in plants. These can include vitamin C, calcium, potassium, soluble fiber, carotenoids, phenolics, and tannins. In this paper, a list of the types of phytonutrients, their effects in prevention of human diseases and disorders, and common fruit sources of phtonutreients is presented. This information is designed to help consumers better understand the interactions of plants and human health.