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Since emigrating from Poland eight years ago, Dr Isabel Konczak has become fascinated with Indigenous foods, and her work suggests there are at least a dozen Australian super fruits.

 

In recent years, chefs and connoisseurs have made increasing use of Australian native foods and now there is scientific evidence to further encourage their use.

 

Although native fruits have been growing in this country for thousands of years, most Australians would struggle to name one. But that could all be about to change, with new science showing Indigenous fruits could be among the healthiest foods on the planet.

According to a study by Food Science Australia, some native fruits have ‘exceptional’ levels of anti-oxidants that are needed by the body to fight disease.

 

Research into the health benefits of bush tucker is being led by Dr Isabel Konczak at Food Science Australia, which is a joint venture of the Victorian Government and the CSIRO. Since emigrating from Poland eight years ago, Dr Konczak has become fascinated with Indigenous foods, and her work suggests there are at least a dozen Australian super fruits.

 

“They are packed with very healthy compounds, something which probably would help us to stay healthy and live longer,” Dr Konczak said. When it comes to measuring the health benefits of fruit, comparisons are usually made with the blueberry, which is known as a super fruit due to the high level of anti-oxidants which the body uses to fight disease.

 

Source: www.abc.net.au, 29 September 2007

 

 

 

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