Surprising Best Sources of Food Antioxidants

It's well known that foods such as cranberries and blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants, but foods like artichokes and beans are among a growing variety of foods found to contain surprisingly high levels of these disease-fighting compounds, according to a new USDA study--the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of the antioxidant content of commonly consumed foods. Along with blueberries and cranberries, pecans and even cinnamon are all excellent, although lesser-known, sources of antioxidants, which are thought to fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. Please be aware though that the total antioxidant capacity of the foods does not necessarily reflect their potential health benefit, which depends on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body. For instance, potatoes ranked high on the list for vegetables, but are not necessarily the best choice because they cause increased insulin levels in most people. You can view the complete list of top antioxidant fruits, vegetables and nuts using the second link below.

Journal of Agricultural of Food Chemistry June 16, 2004;52(12):4026-4037

EurekAlert! June 16, 2004

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