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Nutritional and Health Benefits of Fresh Vegetables - Past, Present and Future: A Literature Review

Show simple item record Zandstra, J.W. Hovius, C. Weaver, L. Marowa-Wilkerson, T. 2009-07-02T18:20:11Z 2009-07-02T18:20:11Z 2007-11-20
dc.description The end goal of this review was to identify methods known from existing literature information to increase the nutraceutical content in selected vegetables for the grower. For some vegetables like the tomato, carrot and onion the goal was fulfilled. Books and journals researched from all over the world yielded vital information on these vegetables. The information ranged from the health benefits to the agronomic factors that influence the expression of high levels of phytochemicals in the vegetables from the time of growth, harvest and storage. In this review, while most of the scientists seemed to agree on most aspects, their differences in opinion were highlighted. en
dc.description.abstract This study outlines the importance of eating fresh, antioxidant-rich vegetables when possible. This is a review of relevant literature into production practices that focus on the importance of nutraceutical content in fresh vegetables. The end goal is to be able to give growers information on increasing the nutraceutical content of their vegetable crop. The vegetables discussed in this paper are sweet corn (Zea mays), onion (Allium cepa), tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum), kale (Brassica family), broccoli (Brassica family), garlic (Allium sativum), carrot (Daucus carota) and lettuce (Latuca sativa). Some vegetables, such as the tomato and onion, have an abundant amount of literature on them and have been the subject of numerous studies worldwide. Other crops, like sweet corn and spinach, have very little information on both agronomic practices and their nutraceutical benefits. There is indeed a need for more study in these areas. While there is available literature on the health benefits of garlic, work on identifying the optimal agronomic practices to assist the producer in producing a crop high in levels of antioxidants is limited. en
dc.description.sponsorship Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus en
dc.subject sweet corn en
dc.subject zea mays en
dc.subject onion en
dc.subject allium cepa en
dc.subject tomato en
dc.subject lycopersicon esculentum en
dc.subject kale en
dc.subject brassica oleracea var. sabellica en
dc.subject brassica oleracea var. viridis en
dc.subject broccoli en
dc.subject brassica oleracea var. italica en
dc.subject lettuce en
dc.subject lactuca sativa en
dc.subject garlic en
dc.subject allium sativum en
dc.subject sweet potato en
dc.subject ipomoea batatas en
dc.subject carrot en
dc.subject daucus carota subsp. sativus en
dc.subject spinach en
dc.subject spinaca oleracea en
dc.subject fresh market en
dc.subject nutrition en
dc.subject health en
dc.title Nutritional and Health Benefits of Fresh Vegetables - Past, Present and Future: A Literature Review en
dc.type Other en
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