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Surprising Best Sources
of Food Antioxidants


Most people wouldn’t enthusiastically rattle off artichokes and beans as their top favorite foods, however findings on the high levels of antioxidants in these two foods might move them up the most eaten foods list. One of the largest antioxidant studies conducted revealed that these foods contained a significant amount of disease-preventing compounds.

In addition to the highly touted antioxidant-filled blueberries and cranberries, researchers have discovered some other less common antioxidant-rich food sources such as russet potatoes, pecans and cinnamon. It has been theorized that antioxidants could benefit people by providing protection against chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

These findings have motivated doctors to advise people to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly the ones known to contain high levels of antioxidants.

A study on antioxidants consisted of assessing the amount of antioxidants in over 100 types of foods including fruits, vegetables, spices and nuts.

Highest Ranking Antioxidant Food Sources:

  • Fruits: Cranberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • Vegetables: Beans, artichokes and Russet potatoes
  • Nuts: Pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts
  • Spices: Ground cloves, ground cinnamon and oregano

Experts stressed that consumers should understand that not all antioxidants produce the same benefits because of the various ways they are absorbed and utilized in the system.

Presently, recommendations for antioxidant intake do not exist, however until such guidelines are established, doctors recommended consumers continue to eat several kinds of fruits and vegetables to reap their antioxidant benefits.

SOURCE: Journal of Agricultural of Food Chemistry
June 16, 2004;52(12):4026-403


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