Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mardi: Local fruits are better

Malaysia is rich in tropical fruits like durian, mangosteen, rambutan, duku and langsat. However, many people believe that consuming a large quantity of these fruits may lead to health problems.

Some people believe that imported fruits like apples and grapes are more nutritious.

However, the results of a study conducted by the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (Mardi), concluded otherwise.

“I do not believe that consuming seasonal tropical fruits like durian and mangosteen can lead to health problems. In fact, these fruits are unique, tasty and nutritious.

“Unfortunately, some people believe that imported fruits are more nutritious. This is not true,” said Mardi deputy director (Horticulture Research Centre) Dr Zabedah Mahmood.

The senior principal research officer said there should be greater awareness among the public with regard to the nutritional value of local fruits.

“People can purchase local fruits, which are fresh. Imported fruits are not as fresh as local fruits because imported ones are stored in containers. Hence, the nutritional value of imported fruits is lower,” she said.


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