Timely Reminder About Fruit

Posted by juggernautPT on August 13, 2013

Timely Reminder About Fruit
Timely Reminder About Fruit

Recent research has found that the nutritional benefits of fruit and vegetables may vary depending on how it is stored and the time at which it is eaten.

Because fruit and vegetables are still alive after being harvested, the levels of chemicals that protect them from attack by insects and animals, can alter. Because some of these chemicals have anti-cancer properties, it could theoretically be possible to gauge when these chemicals are at their highest and to pick or consume the produce accordingly.

Study author Janet Braam, of Rice University, Texas, said; ‘Vegetables and fruits, even after harvest, can respond to light signals and consequently change their biology in ways that may affect health value and insect resistance. Perhaps we should be storing our vegetables and fruits under light-dark cycles and timing when to cook and eat them to enhance their health value.’

Hmm, perhaps – but it’s not actually likely that people will change their eating habits to fit in with the ‘bodyclocks’ of their dinner – as Braam conceded when she suggested an alternative approach to maximising the goodness of fresh produce: ‘It may be of interest to harvest crops and freeze or otherwise preserve them at specific times of day, when nutrients and valuable phytochemicals are at their peak’.

 

Source:  Current Biology


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