Sunday, December 17, 2006

Antioxidants demolish free radicals - another look at eating smart.

I mentioned recently that I'm seeking a dietition's advice to discover what foods I need to eat to increase my antioxidant intake, in particular vitamin C. Other antioxidants are also important. Phenols, unique phyto neutrients found in prunes are damage preventing substances effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical called superoxide anion radical. As an excellent source of beta carotene, prunes help prevent oxygen based damage to fats. As well as these benefits, potassium in prunes lowers blood pressure and fibre helps to normalize blood sugar.
Sunsweet Dry Fruits note that a recent study from Tufts University in Boston "ranked the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity). Prunes topped the list with more than twice the antioxidant capacity as other high-scoring fruits such as blueberries and rasins."
So you see there are compelling reasons to have a few prunes for breakfast. I'm thinking stewed prunes and custard for dinner tonight.
wholefoods.org has heaps of information and recipes.

2 comments:

Rainbow422@aol.com said...

I thought I would share this. I am finding that trying to cook, provides me with a little therapy for hands, arms and wrists and if I am in a jam, Hubby will help. And it helps me feel like I can do something when I feel up to it :)

Love my crockpot and thought you may enjoy this recipe as it is and easier way to eat the prunes (for me)

Revision recipe I made - Original Below

List of Ingredients
3 cups quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup honey (clover)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup oil
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
1 Cup chopped Pecans (unsalted)
1/2 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup chopped SUNSWEET DRIED prunes

Recipe
Combine all ingredients except cranberries/raisins and dates in the crock-pot. Cook on LOW with lid slightly ajar for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool and add fruit. Store in airtight jars. Use within 1 to 2 weeks. Makes about 6 cups.

I stored in vacuum sealed Food saver bags
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Source of Recipe
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List of Ingredients
3 cups quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup honey (orange blossom)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
1/2 cup unsalted cashews, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, or raisins (or any dried fruit your prefer)
1/2 cup almonds, toasted, unsalted & coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped dates


Recipe
Combine all ingredients except cranberries/raisins and dates in the crock-pot. Cook on LOW with lid slightly ajar for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool and add fruit. Store in airtight jars. Use within 1 to 2 weeks. Makes about 6 cups.

jeisea said...

Hi Rainbow. That's a great recipe. Hope you don't mind if I post it for others to see. I'll give it a go.
I also sometimes put almonds in the prunes in the place of the seeds and then put them in a jar. I pour brandy or port or rum over the prunes and leave them a week or so. They are a delicious special treat. Also make a great Xmas gift. You can also dip them in dark (high cocoa) chocolate. Dark chocolate is also high in antioxidants.
Rainbow next week I go to my GP. I need a strategy in case I get stung again. I'm going to get advice on a good dietition. As soon as I can I'll get an appointment and find out more about eating smart. I'll post what I learn.
Thank you again for your comment. Take care of you.
jeisea

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