There are some dried fruits even more antioxidant-packed than goji berries.
Until this study was published, the most antioxidant-packed dried fruit known was goji berries, topping off the chart at 120—five times the antioxidant power of raisins. But… then along came… what?
I might have guessed that spot would belong to something like dried blueberries, but dried blueberries, ended up way down here at 37. There must be something about the phytonutrients in blueberries that just does not take well to drying.
Just when goji berries were getting complacent, a newly available dried fruit has pulled ahead; dried pomegranate seeds. They are expensive, but they are yummy and the healthiest snack you are likely to ever find.
Now just for trivia's sake, there are healthier, but good luck finding them. Barberries, at758 an ounce. Your best bet at finding them are at Middle Eastern spice stores, where they're used to make Persian rice dishes.
And then, though I know it sounds like something straight from Dr. Suess, but I’m not making them up: dried red whortleberries: 897. Rarely cultivated, but you can pick your own in the arctic tundra.
Rowanberries screw up my graph again. Look how pitiful our poor goji berries are looking now. And finally, way off the charts, in a class of its own, top dog for healthiest snack on the planet Earth: dried Indian gooseberries.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol, Best Dried Fruit For Cholesterol , Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage, and Raisins vs. Energy Gels for Athletic Performance