5 inexpensive antioxidant-rich foods you should be eating
By Jessah Robinson, Adv Dip (Nut Med)
When we say antioxidants, we are referring specifically to compounds that defend our cells from damage caused by free radicals such as processed foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke, pesticides and environmental pollutants. Free radicals are linked to human diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, just to name a few. Thus, it is extremely important to start incorporating antioxidants into your diet:
1. Dark chocolate
Great news for chocolate lovers, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants as it is higher in cacao than other chocolate, as well as containing more minerals. When choosing chocolate, it is best to choose one that is between 75% to 90% dark chocolate, this represents the amount of cacao solids per bar.
This dark leafy green is not only extremely nutrient-dense, but also super versatile. Bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, spinach is great in salads, quiches, soups, stews and smoothies.
Particularly blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and goji berries which are low in calories while being loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Berries are also super convenient and easy to incorporate into any diet as they are great with muesli, oats, juices, yoghurt or eaten by themselves.
4. Purple cabbage
Probably one of the more underestimated foods on this list, the purple cabbage has an impressive nutrient profile. It contains high amounts of antioxidants as well as vitamins C, K and A. It is recommended to boil or stir-fry purple cabbage to further boost its antioxidant profile. Add it to your next stir-fry or homemade slaw.
This impressive purple vegetable is high in fibre, potassium, folate and antioxidants and goes well in salads, juices or on a lettuce leaf burger. For great juice recipes see Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.