Blueberries: Harvesting Methods, Antioxidant Properties and Health Effects


Malcolm Marsh (Editor)

Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress
BISAC: TEC003000

According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics, from 1970 to 2011 the world production of blueberries increased approximately 7 times (FAOSTAT, 2012). According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States is the world leading producer of blueberries, being the second most produced and commercialized small fruit in the country after strawberry. There are three main groups of blueberries commercialized and produced in the world: the lowbush, the highbush and the Rabbiteye (RASEIRA e ANTUNES, 2004). The high amount of bioactive compounds present in both the pulp and in the peel of the blueberries, makes it a fresh fruit rich in natural antioxidants. This book discusses the harvesting methods, antioxidant properties and health effects of blueberries. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Blueberries: Market, Cultivars, Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Capacity
Paula Becker Pertuzatti, Isidro Hermosín-Gutiérrez, Helena Teixeira Godoy (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Av. Senador Valdon Varjão, Barra do Garças – MT, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Bioactive Compounds, Color and Physicochemical Parameters of Blueberries
Paula Becker Pertuzatti, Milene Teixeira Barcia, Andressa Carolina Jacques, Rui Carlos Zambiazi (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Av.Senador Valdon Varjão, Barra do Garças – MT, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 3. Blueberries: Antioxidant Properties, Health and Innovative Technologies
Guillermo Petzold, Jorge Moreno, Pamela Zúñiga, Karla Mella and Patricio Orellana (Emerging Technologies and Bioactive Compounds in Food (TECBAL), Department of Food Engineering, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán, Chile)

Chapter 4. Blueberry Anti-Inflammatory Effects Over Metabolic Diseases Associated with Obesity
Soto-Covasich J, Reyes-Farias M, Ovalle-Marin A, Parra-Ruiz C, and Garcia-Diaz DF (Department of Nutrition School of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile)

Chapter 5. Blueberry Extracts Protect Against Gross Mouse Fetal Defects Induced by Alcohol Toxicity
Zach S. Gish, Sharang Penumetsa, Diana J. Valle and Roman J. Miller (Eastern Mennonite University, Departments of Biology and Biomedicine, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)


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