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Antioxidants

Leafy vegetables are not only good sources of many vitamins and minerals, but they also contain antioxidants.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds found in our bodies and in foods. These compounds can prevent and defend against free radicals. Free radicals are harmful molecules that can cause cell damage, potentially leading to cancer and other diseases. Some well known antioxidants are Vitamin A, C, and E.

Which foods are sources of antioxidants?

Antioxidants often provide the rich color to foods. Many fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and nuts contain high 
amounts of antioxidants.

Some foods rich in antioxidants

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Leafy Greens
  • Beans
  • Turmeric

Boost your antioxidant intake

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. These sections often have fresh, colorful foods.
Snack smart. Choose snacks like berries, nuts, or trail mix featuring dark chocolate to incorporate antioxidants.
Color counts. Choose bright, vibrant colored produce.
Add herbs and spices into your dishes. Many herbs and spices are also good sources of antioxidants, so don't be afraid to spice up your meals!
Drink them up.Fruit smoothies can help you reach your daily fruit servings. Next time you're in a breakfast rut, try out a smoothie featuring antioxidant packed frozen fruit and some leafy greens!

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