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