This list could have been prepared far better. Half a cup of oranges? This is half of a large orange. What are the calories for each? Raisins are rich in antioxidants, but rich in calories too. Prunes are more modest in calories. Plums seem to be too low in antioxidant content, but that is only for 1 plum. 4 plums would be 4 times that, so better than prunes actually. Berries are low in calories and high in antioxidants, but their prices usually are pretty high. I would also put typical price ranges for each entry.
A list must allow a proper comparison of various aspects of nutrition, calories included.
What would have been more clear to say is that the process of "heating" has to do with the temperature used. "cooked" means anything over 110 degrees - dehydration is a very slow - low level heat which does not "cook" but dries which is why it still has a high level of antioxidant.
I am a Xocai distributor of Health Dark Chocolate and we spend a GREAT deal of time addressing antioxidants because we are the category creator of high-level antioxidant HEALTHY dark chocolate whose ORAC scores are in the 15,000's based on independent Brunswick Lab scores... so me? I eat well AND I eat three pieces of chocolate a day to get my necessary antioxidants. It's a dream come true and I feel FABULOUS!
I find it funny that it says heat kills some antioxidants in the foods, but both raisins and prunes have more antioxidants as dried out (read: heated) versions of their fresh counterparts grapes and plums.
8/8/2010 8:24:43 AM
I buy frozen berry mixes @ Aldi's its so simple (and less expensive) to add to your morning cereal, on top of ice cream or anything in between.
This is a great list to have. Salads with fruit are great, one fav. is spinach with strawberries and a balsamic vinegrette. Another great way to get in quite a lot of fresh fruits and veggies is by juicing. I invested in Jack La Lane's juicer, best thing I ever did. My body lets me know when I am lacking green food, and this is the quickest way especially if you really don't feel like eating. Some of the concoctions I have made don't look all that pretty but the taste is unbelievably delicious.
I am very well read up on this subject....but this article with the anti oxidant list is really great! I have read so much on antioxidants for my knee pain. I take Ultra Reds every day for alot of anti oxidant help, and it DOES help! The fun thing is to see that PRUNES are highest on this list, that is amazing....and blueberries, one of my favorite fruits. During the summer, on vacation, I am always eating blackberries....amazing. and raisinsl I love in my cereal and on my salads. Had no idea how much I was helping myself!
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