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    when you cut an apple in half, the middle part turns brown in half an hour or so. that's an antioxidant doing its job.

    can you say what some antioxidant foods are and how do they benefit your health? (I don't think lemon is antioxidant. I just used that as a visual)

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    Cut and Pasted from WebMD

    June 17, 2004 -- Blueberries may be the poster children for antioxidant abundance, but a new study suggests the humble bean may be a more deserving candidate.

    The largest and most advanced analysis of the antioxidant content of common foods to date shows that disease-fighting antioxidants may be found in unexpected fruits and vegetables, such as beans, artichokes, and even the much-maligned Russet potato.

    Researchers found that small red beans contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than both wild and cultivated blueberries, which have been heralded in recent years for their high antioxidant content. In fact, three of the top five antioxidant-rich foods studied were beans.

    The study also shows that nuts and spices, such as ground cloves, cinnamon, and oregano, are rich in antioxidants, although they are generally consumed in much smaller amounts than fruits and vegetables.

    Antioxidants are believed to help prevent and repair oxidative stress, a process that damages cells within the body and has been linked to the development of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and .

    Ranking Antioxidant-Rich Foods

    The study, which appears in the June 9 issue of the Journal of Agricultural
    and Food Chemistry, used updated technology to assess the antioxidant content of more than 100 foods, including fruits, vegetables, cereals, breads, nuts, and spices.

    Each food was analyzed for antioxidant concentration and ranked according to antioxidant capacity per serving size. But researchers note that the total antioxidant capacity of a food does not necessarily reflect their potential health benefit.

    "A big factor in all of this is what happens in the digestion and absorption process," says Researcher Ronald Prior, PhD, a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA's Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center in Little Rock, Ark. "With some of these compounds, it appears that even though they have a high antioxidant capacity, they may not be absorbed."

    Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries were ranked highest among the fruits studied. Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes were tops among the vegetables.

    Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts were the winners in the nut category, and ground cloves, cinnamon, and oregano were the top three antioxidant-rich spices.

    Researchers also found that cooking method also had a significant effect on the antioxidant content of the foods tested, but those effects were not consistent.

    For example, cooked Russet and red potatoes had much lower antioxidant levels than those found in raw potatoes. Boiling also decreased antioxidant levels in carrots, but cooking tomatoes increased their antioxidant content.

    I took a complete page of handwritten notes on what you offered here.I'll tape them to my cupboard door. thank you. sometimes my husband wonders if I really get any benefit from my time on akaqa. I showed him your quick response and he will never wonder again. I hope many people read this and get the benefits of healthy foods.


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