The reds in the fruitbowl

Red-fleshed kiwi fruits could soon be making a healthy debut onsupermarket shelves. A team of researchers in Italy and New Zealand hasalready demonstrated why they could make a fitting choice for consumers.The researchers used HPLC to analyze the fruit's pigments and comparedtheir findings with authentic standards. They also used liquidchromatography-mass spectrometry to obtain a tentative identification ofthe major anthocyanins in red-fleshed kiwifruit. Red-fleshed kiwifruit,they say, contain significant quantities of anthocyanins, bright redpigments that the researchers explain are highly potent antioxidants,thought to provide protection against heart disease and cancer.