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The Best Antioxidant Foods
 by: Kathryn Steed





Over the years, the word "antioxidant" has been infiltrating the food and health industries as doctors agree that eating a diet high in antioxidants is critical to staying healthy. We all know that antioxidants are essential to our bodies, but what exactly should we be eating? Which foods contain the highest levels of antioxidants?

According the the USDA, antioxidants help prevent damage done to cells by removing free radicals from our bodies. If we eat foods packed with antioxidants on a regular basis, we will be prepping our bodies to deal with the numerous life processes that have potential to damage our bodies and our health.

So what foods should you eat? Stick with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and spices. If you make a decision to try and live a healthier lifestyle, including these super foods into your diet shouldn't be too difficult. If your eating healthy, you're probably already eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. This guide will outline the foods you need to eat to make your body a free radical-fighting machine!

Here are the top 5 antioxidant foods! Remember to eat a variety of these antioxidant-rich foods and not just the top few. In general, the darker the color food, the higher levels of antioxidants it contains. The USDA recommends consuming at least 3,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) a day.

Type Food Serving Size Antioxidant/Serving

Beans/Legumes Red Beans 1/2 Cup 13727

Berries Wild Blueberries 1 Cup 13427

Beans/Legumes Red Kidney Beans 1/2 Cup 13259

Beans/Legumes Pinto Beans 1/2 Cup 11864

Berries Blueberries 1 Cup 9019

About The Author

Kathryn Steed is a writer and editor for Recipe4Living.com, an ever-growing recipe sharing website. For more articles like this, or for a large collection of recipes, visit the site as http://www.Recipe4Living.com.
The author invites you to visit:
http://recipe4living.com

 


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