Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health

Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health, 1st Edition

Fruits and Vegetables

Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health, 1st Edition,Ronald Watson,Victor Preedy,ISBN9780123746283

Watson   &   Preedy   

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Dramatically expand exposure to the protective chemicals that can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal disease and other by choosing the right fruits and vegetables

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Key Features

* Identify bioactive fruit and vegetable options for prevention or treatment of illness
* Moves from general overview to disease specific applications providing a framework for further research and deeper understanding
* Includes discussion of issues and challenges, permitting critical analysis and evaluation


While everyone knows fruits and vegetables are beneficial to good health, it's increasingly seen as important to know which ones can be effective in treating specific illnesses. For example, which are good for cardiac care? Which can help combat and treat asthma? What are the safety concerns to be aware of when using herbs in combination with traditional medicines?

Diet and nutrition are vital keys to controlling or promoting morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases, and the multitude of biomolecules in dietary fruits and vegetables play a crucial role in health maintenance. They may, therefore, be more effective and certainly could have different actions beyond nutrients however this science is still evolving.

This book brings together experts working on the different aspects of supplementation, foods, and plant extracts, in health promotion and disease prevention. Their expertise and experience provide the most current knowledge to promote future research. Dietary habits need to be altered, for most people and the conclusions and recommendations from the various chapters in this book will provide a basis for that change.

The overall goal of this book is to provide the most current, concise, scientific appraisal of the efficacy of key foods and constituents medicines in dietary plants in preventing disease and improving the quality of life. While vegetables have traditionally been seen to be good sources of vitamins, the roles of other constituents have only recently become more widely recognized. This book reviews and often presents new hypotheses and conclusions on the effects of different bioactive components of the diet, derived particularly from vegetables, to prevent disease and improve the health of various populations.


Health scientists including nutritionists and dieticians will use this book to identify currently known beneficial uses of fruit and vegetables in order to address the needs of their clients, as well as to explore alternative and additional options. Public health workers will better understand the challenges and issues of promoting the inclusion of fruit and vegetables in a healthy lifestyle -- and develop strategies for overcoming those concerns. Food chemists will use the information in identifying the beneficial components in healthful selections and combinations of fruits and vegetables, and will use that knowledge to create new healthful combinations and foods. CLinicians can apply the information to their work in psychology, psychiatry, cancer, and aging.

Ronald Watson

Ronald R. Watson, Ph.D., attended the University of Idaho but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in chemistry in 1966. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1971. His postdoctoral schooling in nutrition and microbiology was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he gained 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in immunology and nutrition. From 1973 to 1974 Dr. Watson was assistant professor of immunology and performed research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana University Medical School from 1974 to 1978 and associate professor at Purdue University in the Department of Food and Nutrition from 1978 to 1982. In 1982 Dr. Watson joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the School of Medicine. He is currently professor of health promotion sciences in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. Dr. Watson is a member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, cancer, and alcoholism research societies. Among his patents he has one on a dietary supplement; passion fruit peel extract with more pending. He continues to do research in animals and in clinical trials on dietary supplements and health including studies using omega-3 fatty acids in heart disease prevention and therapy. For 30 years he was funded by Wallace Research Foundation to study dietary supplements in health promotion. Dr. Watson has edited more than 110 books on nutrition, dietary supplements and over-the-counter agents, and drugs of abuse as scientific reference books. He has published more than 500 research and review articles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Health Promotion Sciences Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and School of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

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Victor Preedy

Victor R. Preedy BSc, PhD, DSc, FSB, FRSH, FRIPH, FRSPH, FRCPath, FRSC is a senior member of King's College London. He is also Director of the Genomics Centre and a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Professor Preedy has longstanding academic interests in substance misuse especially in relation to health and well being. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a founding member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Biology. In his career Professor Preedy was Reader at the Addictive Behaviour Centre at The University of Roehampton, and also Reader at the School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London; UCL). Professor Preedy is Editor of the multi-volume seminal work The Handbook Of Alcohol Related Pathology (published by Academic Press-Elsevier). Professor Preedy graduated in 1974 with an Honours Degree in Biology and Physiology with Pharmacology. He gained his University of London PhD in 1981. In 1992, he received his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 1993 he gained his second doctoral degree (DSc). Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 1995 and also as a Fellow to the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. He was then elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (2004). In 2009, Professor Preedy became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and in 2012 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. To his credit, Professor Preedy has published over 600 articles, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research, abstracts and symposium presentations, reviews and numerous books and volumes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Dietetics, King's College London, UK

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Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health, 1st Edition

Part I: Fruit and Vegetables in Health Promotion; The role of fruits and vegetables in health;Community intervention to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables; Barriers to fruit and vegetable-based diets; Methods to increase fruit and vegetable consumption; School-based fruit and vegetable intervention; Increasing fruit and vegetable use at home; Sour taste and fruit consumption; Dried fruit and vegetables role in health; Part II: Effect of Fruit and Vegetables on Specific Health Concerns; Fruit and vegetable consumption and cardiac health; Fruits and brain function; Vegetables in the prevention of obesity and related disease; Fruit and vegetable intakes and asthma; Fruit and vegetables: bone minerals; Consequence of low fruit and vegetable use; PART III: Health impacts of Individual Vegetables; Anthocyans from fruits and vegetables: Role in disease prevention; Soy isoflavones and health promotion; Soy and aging prevention; Legumes ad prevention of heart disease; Garlic and diabetes; Broccoli and health; Tomatoes in the prevention and treatment of cancer; Vegetables and occular health in seniors; Vegetable oils: Health or disease?; Spinach Vitamin A and health; Isothiocyanates in vegetables as cancer chemopreventative agents; Artichoke effect on GI and irritable bowel syndrom diseases; PART IV: Actions of Individuals or Groups of Fruit on Health; Pomegranate in the prevention and treatment of cancer; Berries and anti-cancer effects; Strawberries and berries in health promotion; Apples and health; Kiwifruit; Plum; Safety of herbs in combination with traditional drugs; Vitamine C changes due to fruit and vegetable intakes;

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