Antioxidants: Delicious Free Radical Eaters — By Nutritionista
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants = vitamins/minerals/nutrients (like vitamin A, C, and E, as well as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and selenium). Antioxidants are subtances that prevent or slow the damage that occurs when our body’s cells use oxygen. When our cells use oxygen, they naturally produce unstable, chemically reactive molecules called free radicals. The oxidative damage caused by these free radicals can contribute to all kinds of health problems of all kinds, like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Antioxidants essentially neutralize the free radicals, preventing oxidative damage. Research isn’t totally conclusive about all the ways that antioxidants help (or don’t help) with certain health problems, but it looks promising.
Which foods contain antioxidants?
Regardless of to what extent antioxidants can prevent cancer or heart disease, the foods that naturally contain them are inarguably good for you. Which foods contain the most antioxidants? I bet you can guess… fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, poultry, and fish. Below is a list of antioxidant rich foods, categorized by the particular antioxidant they contain. Click the links to find recipes or ways to use the food.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of all the foods that contain antioxidants (tea and dark chocolate, for example), but it should get you started!