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Açaí to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings

In honor of Chinese New Year (of the dragon), today’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Dragon’s Blood wraps up a ten-part series based on a groundbreaking study that measured the total Antioxidant Content of 3,139 foods, beverages, herbs, and spices.

Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods presents the best bird’s eye view. Researchers separated out plant from animal products to help deal with the overwhelming volume of data (138 pages worth) and see what this amazing body of work has to say about what we should eat in general.

For more specifics, see Best Berries, which compares hundreds of berries to common fruits, and Better Than Green Tea?, which contrasts the antioxidant power of popular rival beverages. Better Than Goji Berries and Dried Apples Versus Cholesterol pick out the best dried fruits and Antioxidants in a Pinch and A Better Breakfast can help one visualize the effects of adding just tiny amounts of antioxidant-packed foods to our daily diets.

For some background on the role of antioxidants in disease prevention, Mitochondrial Theory of Aging offers a quick primer. Some questions, however, may remain:

Just because a food can quench an oxidation reaction in a test tube, does that necessarily mean it will do the same in our cells? Find out in tomorrow’s video-of-the-day.  Is it really worth going out of our way to make higher antioxidant choices? Isn’t it enough just to eat lots of fruits and vegetables—does it really matter which ones? Find out on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. In other words—stay tuned to NutritionFacts.org! Keep up with my daily videos by subscribing to the RSS feed, following on facebook or twitter, or just checking back every morning around 8am Eastern.

In health,
– Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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  1. Once again, another awesome summary. I love taking these paragraphs/types of blog posts and giving them to people. This way I don’t have to try to combine all the videos of a theme myself – and probably end up missing some.

    Your teaser about upcoming videos is a killer. I can’t wait!

  2. How about for foods especially only available in Japan- I have only one pay-walled study such as horenso, gobo? Japan is poor for availability of a lot of foods listed in the study.

  3. Dear Dr. Greger, Why do plants have these antioxidants and other phyto chemicals that help us? Do plants use these to fight their own nemeses, defects and diseases? What does science know and not know about their functions in the plants that we eat and don’t eat and how similar are these to our own bodies?

    1. Could be just hype. I found 4 studies conducted on animals, which cannot translate to humans. Looks like it contains essential fats, so to me so long as you cover essential fatty acids in the diet no one “needs” this product.

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