Saturday, March 17, 2007

A mix of antioxidant rich foods to snack on throughout the day - dried fruits.

What?
Wolfberries (Goji Berries)

Why?
Wolfberries contain 19 types of amino acids, 11 essential and 22 trace minerals, 6 essential vitamins including B2 and C (as much as oranges), 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides, 5 fatty acids, 5 cariote, phytosterols, and numerous phenols associated with antioxidant properties.

What?
Prunes

Why?
Prunes contain phenols which are very effective demolishers of the dangerous free radical superoxide anion.
Prunes help prevent oxygen based damage to fats by their vitamin A (beta carotine) content.
Potassium found in prunes is good for both heart and bone health.
Prunes are a good source of fibre and perhaps because of their vitamin C content help the absorption of iron.

There are some extrordinary claims made about wolfberries but that aside ther is no doubting their overall nutrient value.

What?
Black currants

Why?
Black currrants have exceptional neutritional value. They contain several times higher amounts of potassium, iron, vitamin C (4 times that of oranges by weight), organic acids and plant phenolic compounds than other common fruit.
Black currants contain more calcium and iron than other fruits.
Seeds are righ in both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
A real power food.

What?
Dates

Why?
Dates are rich in fibre, niacin and potassium and contain iron and are a good source of antioxidants although some of their antioxidant properties are lost in the drying process.
They are a great energy source but are high in kilojules so are a small part of the nutrient balance.

This mix will change according to what I can affordably buy and will be influenced by my findings on high antioxidant foods.

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