Unsweetened dark chocolate (14479): Anyone who ever said healthy eating couldn’t taste great hadn’t considered the antioxidant capacity of dark chocolate. For anyone who is used to sweetened chocolate, it may be an adjustment to taste the bitterness of dark chocolate. Eating one square of baker’s chocolate daily offers tremendous antioxidant powers.
Elderberries (10655): Not only do raw elderberries rate high on the ORAC scale, they have proven antiviral ability, making them an especially good choice if you’re fighting off a cold or flu virus, or a more potent virus like HIV or Epstein Barr (linked to chronic fatigue syndrome). One half cup of raw elderberries was the amount used to determine its impressive ORAC score. It may be difficult to find elderberries in some communities. They are also available in dietary supplement form.
Apples (Red Delicious, 7781 and Granny Smith, 7094): Maybe there is truth to the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” One raw red delicious or Granny Smith apple daily packs a potent punch against free radicals.
Pomegranate Juice (100 percent pure pomegranate juice, 5923): For me, the taste of pure pomegranate juice rivals chocolate for the top-tasting antioxidant food on this list. As with all juices, be sure to dilute it 50:50 with water and sip slowly to prevent a sugar rush.
Prunes (dried plums 1/2 cup uncooked, 5700) and Prune Juice (one cup, 5212): Not just good for keeping the bowels moving, prunes are excellent superfoods with the ability to destroy age- and disease-related free radicals. Be sure to choose prunes that are free of sulphites. And, dilute juice 50:50 with water.