Antioxidant Berry

Antioxidant Berry

said that anything rich, creamy, and delicious couldn’t be good for you. It would have been better if you only end

up with thunder thighs after a bowl of rich cream, but there are far more serious health risks you’ll have to

consider when you indulge yourself with such things.

That was then. This is now and it’s perfectly okay to whip out your spoons, forks, and mats

because today is decades in the making; today is the day you are permitted to salivate.

A recent food Olympics has been conducted and out of the 100 different varieties of foods,

vegetables, and nuts, 20 antioxidant rich foods came out at the top. This list of foods contained most of the very

rich antioxidant foods as ranked by nutrition scientists at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and reported by

the University of Alabama website on November 1, 2004.

Wild blueberry was narrowly beaten out by the small red bean, which captured the red-blue medal.

The small red bean was dubbed the food with the highest concentration of disease-fighting antioxidant compounds per

Antioxidants are the heroes in an epic struggle against villain molecules

called "free radicals." Free radicals do nothing but assault cells, turning them into molecules like themselves.

This actually creates a chain reaction which could eventually lead to killer diseases such as heart disease and

The Top 20 list of antioxidants published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

shows the ranks of the capacity of berry foods, fruits, and vegetables to interfere with or prevent oxidative

processes where free radicals are formed. Ronald L. Prior, a USDA nutritionist and research chemist based in Little

Rock, Ark explains that berry antioxidants were ranked according to their total antioxidant capacity. However, they

were surprised to find that besides berry fruits, antioxidants may also come from the most unexpected foods as

Prior and his colleagues used the most advanced technologies available to tabulate antioxidant

levels in more than 100 different types of berry fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices. The Top 20 list includes

small red beans (dried), wild blueberry, red kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberry (cultivated), cranberry,

artichokes (cooked), blackberry, prunes (dried plums), raspberry, strawberry, red delicious apples, Granny Smith

apples, pecans, sweet cherries, black plums, russet potatoes (cooked), black beans (dried), plums, and gala

"Even though the small red bean came out on top, berry is better understood," Prior says after

noting that a berry devours six of the top 11 blue-red medals.

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