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Kundur [Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.]: A potential source for valuable nutrients and functional foods.


Saari, Nazamid and Abdul Hamid, Azizah and Mohd Zaini , Nurul Aqilah and Anwar, Farooq (2011) Kundur [Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.]: A potential source for valuable nutrients and functional foods. Food Research International, 44 (7). pp. 2368-2376. ISSN 0963-9969, ESSN:1873-7145


Kundur [Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.], a member of the family Cucurbitaceae, is one of the famous crops that are grown primarily for its fruits and usually recognized with its nutritional and medicinal properties especially in Asian countries. Kundur fruit has been valued as a nutritious vegetable as it provides a good source for natural sugars, amino acids, organic acids, mineral elements and vitamins. A number of medicinal properties such as anti-diarrheal, anti-obesity, anti-ulcer, and antioxidant and diuretic have been ascribed to this fruit of high economic value. As a rich source of functionally important bioactives and therapeutics such as triterpenes, phenolics, sterols, and glycosides, the fruit has been widely used for the treatment of epilepsy, ulcer, and other nervous disorders in the native medicine system of Asia. This review focuses on the cultivation, nutritional and chemical composition, as well as medicinal and therapeutic properties of this multipurpose fruit, as one of the potential sources of bioactives for functional food and nutraceutical applications.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2010.10.024
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Cucurbitaceae; Kundur fruit; Valuable nutrients; Bioactives; Antioxidants; Medicinal uses.
Depositing User: Nur Farahin Ramli
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 04:51
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