Best Sources of High Antioxidants Foods
With Oprah’s new show out on eating healthy, I thought I’d share the results of the FDA study done in 2003 on high Anti-Oxidant foods. Antioxidants aren’t the only thing important to consider when choosing foods. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat To Live http://www.drfuhrman.com/ says you should choose foods based on their total Nutrient Value divided by Total Calories. The higher the nutrients per calorie, the better the food for your long term health. That said, eating a healthy variety of high Antioxidant foods is a no brainer. So here are the foods with the highest anti-oxidants.
Berries (Cherry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, crowberry, blueberry, bilberry/wild blueberry, black currant), pomegranate, grape, orange, plum, pineapple, kiwi fruit, grapefruit. Dried fruits, especially prunes and raisins, are powerpacked.
Kale, spinach, mustard and other greens, chili pepper, red cabbage, peppers, parsley, artichoke, Brussels sprouts, russet potatoes, red beets.
Broad beans, pinto beans, soybeans.
- Nuts and seeds
Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, ground nut, almonds, sunflower seeds.
Barley, millet, oats, whole wheat, corn.
cloves, cinnamon, oregano, tumeric
The antioxidant content of top 20 foods are given below.
Best Antioxidant Foods
All foods are not equally good if we consider their antioxidant content. Some foods are better than the others. USDA recommends top 20 best sources of food antioxidants as measured by their total antioxidant capacity per serving size. These antioxidant rich foods are generally absorbed better by your body than antioxidant vitamins and supplement. That doesn’t mean you should necessarily avoid supplements (I take them), but don’t take them in addition to, not instead of, these high quality foods.
List of 20 Best Foods High in Antioxidants
Below is a list of to antioxidant foods followed by the antioxidant power per their serving sizes.
1. Red Beams 13727
2. Wild Blueberry 13427
3. Red Kidney Beans 13259
4. Pinto Beans 11864
5. Blueberries 9019
6. Cranberries 8983
7. Artichoke Hearts 7904
8. Blackberries 7701
9. Prunes 7291
10. Raspberries 6058
11. Strawberries 5938
12. Red Apples 5900
13. Green Apples 5381
14. Pecans 5095
15. Sweet Cherries 4873
16. Black Plums 4844
17. Russet Potatoes 4649
18. Black Beans 4181
19. Plums 4118
20. Gala/Fuji Apples 3903
For more information on the antioxidant rich foods above, and to see a table of foods with highest Antioxidant value per 100 grams, click here Antioxidant Foods .
USDA recommends to eat foods containing at least 3,000 ORAC units a day. CookEatShare has tons of recipes that are high in these special foods. I’ve create a CookEatShare group called Eat To Live and added many of these healthy recipes to that group. Click on the link or go here to see. http://cookeatshare.com/groups/eat-to-live-2