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  • 1 Faculty of Medicine, Università Politecnica delle Marche Institute of Biochemistry Via Ranieri, 65 60127 Ancona Italy
  • 2 Faculty of Agriculture, Università Politecnica delle Marche SAPROV, Department of Environmental and Crop Science Ancona Italy
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Fruits possess different antioxidant properties depending on their content in antioxidants. The consumer is aware of the importance of looking for diets containing a large array of compounds that may help the organisms in the daily struggle against chronic diseases. If fruit intake is not sufficient to support the RDA for several micronutrients, an interesting help can be that of foods naturally enriched with antioxidants. The evaluation of Total Antioxidant Capacity of fruits is of pivotal importance in assessing the nutritional attributes of fruits and other horticultural products. By means of specific breeding programs it is possible to select antioxidant enriched fruit varieties. These features are susceptible to be improved through generations in order to release fruits with enhanced nutritional features. The availability of high quality and nutritionally enriched fruit at competitive costs may be a useful tool in the planning of healthy diets.

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