Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Antioxidants: Eat All Your Colors!

Antioxidants are all the rage today. And, justifiably so. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, causing cell damage, which can ultimately lead to heart and cancer diseases. It seems everywhere you go; it's blueberry this and blueberry that. You have your choice of wild blueberry juice, blueberry-pomegranate juice, blueberry-cranberry juice, and so on and so on.


Now, don't get me wrong. I love blueberries. 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?" You ask, "What could 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 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 are other foods high in antioxidants? There are artichoke hearts, blackberries, prunes, pecans, spinach, kale, russet potatoes, and plums for starters. 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 colors?" That refers to the fact that foods are in different color "families" containing various antioxidants that have different benefits.

For example, the yellow-orange color family of peaches and nectarines help our immune systems. The purple-red color family of foods (pomegranates, plums, berries) helps reduce inflammation. It's essential to eat foods from all color 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 juicing them yourself). No need to pay a high price for the "flavor of the month" antioxidant juices being peddled in the supermarkets.


So, give your blueberries to some company at the dinner table. Invite some beans, spinach, potatoes, and artichoke hearts and enjoy your antioxidants!



  • Amazon
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Glen Ellyn IL United States 60137

©2020 BY PURESOME.