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Antioxidants: Eat All Your Colors!

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Today, antioxidants are in vogue. And rightfully so. Antioxidants aid in scavenging free radicals that harm cells and can ultimately result in cancer and heart disorders. You get the impression that blueberries are present everywhere you look. You can choose from a variety of blueberry juices, including wild blueberry, blueberry-pomegranate, blueberry-cranberry, and more.

Don't get me wrong, though. I'm a huge blueberry fan. However, we're ignoring several foods that are extremely strong in antioxidants that are likely sitting unnoticed in our cupboards in our haste to embrace the most recent antioxidant food trend (blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranates).

“What?” You ponder, "What could possibly be higher in antioxidants than my beloved wild blueberry?" What about the tiny red bean, then? I did indeed say "bean." Contrary to popular belief, the little red bean has more antioxidants per serving than the wild blueberry. Additionally, compared to a portion of grown blueberries, the red kidney bean and pinto bean offer higher antioxidants per serving size.

Which additional foods have a high antioxidant content? There are artichoke hearts, blackberries, prunes, nuts, plums, spinach, kale, russet potatoes, and so forth as starts. And no, there was no error there. On the list of foods high in antioxidants are russet potatoes.

The truth is that there are numerous popular meals that are high in antioxidants, so you shouldn't limit your diet to a single type of food. Why? Have you ever heard the saying, "Eat your colors?" This alludes to the fact that foods are classified into many hue "families" and contain various antioxidants, each of which has a unique set of advantages. For instance, peaches and nectarines in the yellow-orange hue family support our immune systems. Pomegranates, plums, and berries are members of the purple-red food color family, which reduces inflammation. To fully benefit from antioxidants, it's crucial to eat a variety of foods.

The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on the "flavor of the month" antioxidant juices being sold in supermarkets if you eat nutritious foods high in antioxidants (by eating them raw, boiling them, or making your own juice).

So, at the dinner table, invite some people to join your meal. Enjoy your antioxidants by inviting some beans, spinach, potatoes, and artichoke hearts!


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