So you keep hearing about Antioxidants and these are all the rage today. And, justifiably so.
Antioxidants will help neutralise free radicals which cause cell damage, which eventually can lead to diseases of the heart and maybe even cancer.
It seems everywhere you go its blueberry this and blueberry that. You have your choice of wild blueberry juice, blueberry-pomegranate juice, blueberry-cranberry juice, even blueberry muffins (But That not quite so healthy as that will contain a lot of sugar) and so on and so on.
Okay now, don’t get me wrong. I love blueberries I eat them everyday and combine them in Nutritious smoothies and juices. But, in our rush to embrace the latest antioxidant food craze (blueberries, cranberries, pomegranates) we’re ignoring some very high-antioxidant foods that are probably sitting ignored in our cupboards.
“What – Really ?” You maybe asking, “What could possibly be higher in antioxidants than my beloved wild blueberry?” Well, how about the small red bean? That’s right, I said “bean.” The small red bean actually has more antioxidants per serving size than the wild blueberry.
And the red kidney bean and pinto bean have more antioxidants per serving size than a serving of cultivated blueberries.
What other foods are high in antioxidants? For starters, there are artichoke hearts, blackberries, prunes, pecans, spinach, kale, russet potatoes and plums. And, no, that’s not a mistake. Russet potatoes are on the list of foods high in antioxidants.
The truth is, there are many common foods high in antioxidants and you should not just restrict yourself to one particular food source. Why? Well, have you ever heard the expression, “eat your colours?”
That refers to the fact that foods are in different colour “families” containing different types of antioxidants which have different benefits. For example, the yellow-orange colour family of peaches and nectarines help our immune systems.
The purple-red colour family of foods (pomegranates, plums, berries) helps reduce inflammation. It’s important to eat foods from all colour groups to reap the full benefits of antioxidants.
The good news is that you can eat healthy foods high in antioxidants (by eating them raw, cooking them, or my favourite juicing them yourself) without having to pay a high price for the “flavour of the month” antioxidant juices being peddled in the supermarkets that could contain a high amount of Sugar in them too.
So, give your blueberries some company at the dinner table. Invite some beans, spinach, Kale, potatoes and artichoke hearts and enjoy your antioxidants!
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