The World Health Organisation recommends that a balanced diet should contain a good proportion (400g) of fruit and vegetables – the so called ‘five-a-day’ diet. This advice is based upon numerous studies that have shown such a diet reduces the incidence of certain cancers, cardio-vascular disorders and age-related diseases. Furthermore, the fruits and vegetables should encompass the ‘rainbow foods’ that include not only those that are green, but also those that are coloured yellow, orange, red and purple, in order to consume a wide range of antioxidants, including carotenoids (yellow, orange and red) and anthocyanins (purple). This lecture will explain how these phytonutrients are beneficial to health, the best sources of them and how plant biotechnology can be used to modify their levels.
Admission is free but booking is essential.