Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Are You Getting Enough Antioxidants?
Tufts scientists estimate that on an average day most Americans consume less than a third of the dietary antioxidants needed to take full advantage of the health promoting benefits of antioxidants.
Organic farming methods can increase concentrations of antioxidants in vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy products, and in this way help people elevate their daily antioxidant intake with out a proportional rise in calories.
Organic vegetables had 30 percent to 10-times higher levels of flavonoids compared to conventionally grown produce in a study carried out in Japan
Source: The Organic Center
Top Antioxidant Foods:
ORAC* units per 100 grams
Dark Chocolate 13,120
Mild Chocolate 6,740
Brussels sprouts 980
Alfalfa sprouts 930
Red Grapes 739
Red bell Pepper 710
*Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity is a measure of a food's ability to subdue harmful free radicals that can damage our bodies.
Think about the vegetables and fruit you buy, go organic. Add berries/oranges/plums to protein smoothies, have more broccoli, spinach and kale for side dishes, saute onions and peppers with your main protein source for extra antioxidants.
Happiness is never stopping to think if you are!