What are Antioxidants?
“A substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products.
- a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.”
Why are Antioxidants Important?
Antioxidants are our bodies first line of defence in fighting the chain reaction of Free Radicals. This means they can help delay skin ageing as well as help fight cancer and other diseases.
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Here is a list of 10 scrummy foods rich in Antioxidants that you can add to your snacks and meals.
As well as being full of Antioxidants they are also packed full of Fiber and a great source of vitamin A, an essential nutrient and contain 194mg per 100g of Polyphenols.
My 5 year old loves to eat these frozen. They are a rich source of vitamin C and are also a great low carb source of polyphenols.
Considered by some as a new ‘Superfood’ because of it’s rich antioxidant properties, cloves also have many other benefits including: anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties, fantastic for skin disorders, increases circulation, is a great boost to the immune system and finally it’s a good treatment for indigestion. It is also one of the most polyphenol-dense food on earth.
A popular and versatile fruit Strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of manganese.
Most commonly consumed in juice form they also contain Vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese.
Commonly eaten in Brazilian cuisine these beans also provide us with a good source of protein, phosphorus and manganese, and a very good source of dietary fiber and folate. Studies have indicated pinto beans can also lower both good and bad cholesterol levels.
With more disease-fighting antioxidants than almost any other fruit or vegetable, it’s a definite favorite. I love stirring frozen blueberries through my cooked oats for breakfast.
Red Kidney Beans
The colour of kidney beans is due to Anthocyanins – a family of colourful antioxidants. As a side note, Kidney beans should never be eaten raw as they do contain poisonous toxins. Tinned Kidney beans have already been cooked so these are safe.
Native to the Mediterranean the artichoke has records of use as a food among the ancient Greeks and Romans. According to a study done by the USDA, Artichokes have the highest antioxidant levels out of all vegetables.
Pecans are packed with nutrition including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. It only takes about 8 pecans to get these nutritional and antioxidant benefits.