ANTIOXIDANTS

ANTIOXIDANTS

A recent American Institute of Cancer Research survey found that 1 in 6 Americans faithfully downs a daily cup or more of green tea, which is jam-packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that help ward off cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

But don’t forget the other disease-fighting powerhouses. Once cup of green tea a day can never replace the variety of protective nutrients provided by fruits and vegetables.

The following foods all rank higher than green tea on the USDA’s antioxidant scorecard.

Blueberries - 1 cup

Cranberries - 1 cup

Blackberries - 1 cup

Raspberries - 1 cup

Strawberries - 1 cup

Red delicious apple

Red kidney beans - 1/2 cup

Pecans - 1 ounce

Pinto beans, cooked - 1/2 cup

Sweet cherries - 1 cup

Black plum

Walmuts - 1 ounce

Green pear

Hazelnuts - 1 ounce

Navel orange

Red cabbage, cooked - 1/2 cup

Russet potato, cooked - 6 ounces

Pistachios - 1 ounce

Green tea - 1 cup