We have all heard about the so-called superfoods which are extremely high in antioxidants – acai berry, goji berry, blueberries, pomegranate, green tea, red wine etc. These are all brilliant for increasing our daily intake of antioxidants but it’s important not to forget other, more common foods we can include in our diet on a regular basis.
A lot of people have been looking down on potatoes in recent years due to their high carb content. The humble potato has also been viewed as a vegetable which isn’t particularly nutritious. Of course, that isn’t the case. As well as being high in fiber, potatoes are also high in certain antioxidants, the most important being carotenoids. This is the same antioxidant which carrots and tomatoes are well known for. Not only that, if you choose the less common purple and red potatoes, you get the same antioxidants as those found in blueberries.
We most often associate antioxidants with fruit and vegetables but they can also be found in eggs. Eggs contain lutein which is the same carotenoid which is found in spinach and other green leafy vegetables. This type of antioxidant is beneficial for the eyes.
Maple syrup contains many vitamins and antioxidants including the same antioxidants which are found in cranberries and coffee. These protect against a variety of diseases and can help people suffering from high cholesterol.
At the end of the day, variety is the key to a healthy, antioxidant rich diet.