Fruits and vegetables for future health: blend of something old, something new
The important role of fruits and vegetable (FAV) in human life can be traced back since ancient times and is even explicitly mentioned in religious scriptures. Many different FAV products can be found in different parts of the world, but with similar nutritional and health benefits and being used by different cultures for the same functions. It is believed that all cultures around the world are rich in their traditional health products made of fruits and vegetables. Several traditional health drinks recipes named Allura, Endura, IQ drink, Qtang, Cholescont, Soup for Health and PE-3 obtained from a Malay traditional healer were evaluated for their potential health benefits by quantifying their antioxidants properties using DPPH, ABTS, TPC and TFC. All the seven traditional herbal drinks tested were high in flavonoid and phenolic contents and have potent antioxidant capacities. These preliminary findings could support the role of traditional herbal drinks containing a blend of fruits and vegetables for health function. It is suggested that similar recipes from other nations be evaluated for their health functionalities and be considered for commercialization for the whole world to benefit. Through this way, fruits and vegetables usage is diversified beyond serving plates to the health counters in the form of health products with higher market values.
Abdul Majid, F.A., Abdul, N. and Nurazwa, S. (2015). Fruits and vegetables for future health: blend of something old, something new. Acta Hortic. 1106, 223-230
tropical fruits, vegetables, traditional formulation, medicinal herbs, ethnopharmacology