Health Benefits of Nuts and Dried Fruits

1st Edition

Cesarettin Alasalvar, Jordi Salas-Salvado, Emilio Ros, Joan Sabate

CRC Press
February 26, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 540 Pages - 6 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138042841 - CAT# K32992

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Summary

Nuts are dried fruits are part of our daily diet. They are consumed as whole or as ingredients throughout the food system as products such as muffins, cereals, chocolates, energy bars, Nutella, breads, and cookies, among others. Health Benefits of Nuts and Dried Fruits provides a comprehensive overview of the literature on the health benefits of nuts and dried fruits. The book summarizes the current state of knowledge in key research areas and contain ideas for future product development.

Nuts contain a number of bioactives and health-promoting components. They are highly nutritious and contain macronutrients, micronutrients, fat-soluble bioactives, and phytochemicals. Moreover, nuts contain numerous types of antioxidants with different properties. In addition, nuts are recognized for their health-promoting aspects, particularly for their role in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. This may be due to the favorable lipid profile and low-glycemic nature of nuts.

Dried fruits, which serve as important healthful snacks worldwide, provide a concentrated form of fresh fruits. They are nutritionally equivalent to fresh fruits in smaller serving sizes, ranging from 30 to 43 g depending on the fruit, in current dietary recommendation in different countries. Various scientific evidence suggest that individuals who consume dried fruits regularly have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, certain types of cancer, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and osteoporosis as well as other non-communicable diseases.

Features:

  • Provides detailed information in health effects of nuts and dried fruits
  • Highlights current regulation and health claims of nuts and dried fruits
  • Provides updated dietary recommendations on nuts and dried fruits
  • Discusses metabolism and absorption of nuts and dried fruits
  • Discusses the mechanisms implicated in the health effects of nuts

Although this book is intended primarily as a reference book, it will also summarize the current state of knowledge in key research areas and contain idea for future work for the reader. Food Scientists, biochemists, nutritionists, health professionals, decision makers, and regulatory agencies, among others will benefits from this book.