Research supports that a diet high in antioxidants and phytochemicals (which also act as antioxidants) can help prevent many chronic diseases, especially cardiovasular disease as they neutralise free radicals that cause oxidation (damaging out body).
As Chris has nicely summed it up - without over complicating your lifestyle to incorporate antioxidants into your diet try to consume a varied diet based on brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
The colour of the fruit or vegetable does provide a guide as to what kind of antioxidant is actually present in the food - but generally, the more colourful the more antioxidants that will generally be found.
- red, orange, yellow and dark green often indicate the presence of the antioxidants lycopene, beta-carotene and related carotenoids
- blues, purples, blacks and some reds often indicate the presence of anthocyanins (a class of flavanoids)
For adults - aim for:
1) At least 5 serves of vegetables everyday where:
1 serve = 1/2 cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad
Eg. make up a salad of 2 cups consisting of baby spinach leaves (dark green), tomato (red), red onion (purple and white), cucumber (green), beetroot (purple) and a tinned fish (omega-3s).
2) 2 serves of fruit everyday where:
1 serve = 1 cup of diced fruit, 1 medium sized piece of fruit (eg. banana or apple), 2 Kiwi Fruit, 8 strawberries, 20 small grapes etc etc
Eg. trade in your muesli bar as a snack for a punnet of fresh strawberries (red).
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