Red Wine (5693): While red wine is not the best choice for everyone (those suffering from brain disorders, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, among others should avoid alcohol), 5 ounces of red wine ranked high on the USDA ORAC table. Grapes and grape juice are an excellent alternative to red wine for those who want to avoid the alcohol or sulphites.
Artichokes (boiled 1/2 medium, 5650): Barely eaten in North America, these Mediterranean staples are a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet. I found 20 excellent recipes on Canadian Living’s site if you aren’t sure how to add artichokes to your diet.
Cranberries (1/2 cup raw 5271): It can be tricky to add raw, unsweetened cranberries to your diet, but these nutritional powerhouses are worth the effort. They are particularly good for anyone suffering from a urinary tract infection thanks to their proven antibacterial properties. I juice or blend them with some apple and add a bit of water to reap their benefits.
Pears (one medium, 5235): Not only are pears high on the ORAC scale, but like apples they contain an important type of fiber called pectin which has been proven to bind to harmful heavy metals in the body to escort them out through the bowels.
Pecans (1 ounce, 5086): Choose raw, unsalted pecans to reap the best antioxidant powers of pecans. Pecans are also high in the B-complex vitamins: thiamine, pantothenic acid, folate, and B-6, all of which are important for energy levels and balanced moods.
While few of us will have the opportunity to partake in the Olympics, we can all enjoy high performance foods that help us live life to the fullest.
Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.