Ranking foods by antioxidants per dollar spent.
Recipe for incorporating antioxidant-packed spices into one's diet.
Here we go, pecans. More than 8,000 antioxidant units per dollar. Great bargain, but apples are even better. Goji berries, packed with antioxidants but so expensive for the same price. You can get more antioxidants in cranberries or artichokes. Here’s where acai comes in. You’re staring at that $5 package of frozen acai pulp at the store thinking about all the great smoothing you can make with it, but should you choose something a little more economical? Dollar for dollar acai is worth it if you’re willing to buy an apple a day to keep doctors like me away, it’s even a better bargain to go with superfood number one. Five to ten times more expensive per pound than apple but with 20 times more antioxidants so it makes sense in the end. But three even more better bargains to go.
But three even better bargains to go.
Winning the bronze for best bargain: Cloves. And the Silver to cinnamon. Wait until you hear the gold, though. It’s going to blow your mind. Busting off the charts as the number one antioxidant bargain in the world? Purple cabbage--red cabbage. Cheap as dirt, like 30 cents a pound, and packed with antioxidants—look at that color. And it lasts forever. Next time you go shopping, buy a red cabbage, put it in the crisper, and slice off shreds to put in as many things as you can thing of—great crunch for salad, throw into soups, stir-fries, whatever. And then when you run out you go buy another red cabbage. And if I'm ever over at your house, don’t think I won’t check the crisper… In terms of eating healthy on a budget red cabbage cannot be beat by any food on the planet Earth. Bar none. Period. Done.
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