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5 Simple Food Swaps To Save Your Life

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2. Kale for spinach
Kale has the highest antioxidant level per serving of any other fruit or vegetable. Kale has exceedingly high ORACs (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, the measure of a food’s antioxidant level–the higher the ORACs, the more antioxidants the food has), and has about three times as much lutein as spinach. Eating the recommended five-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables will ring up around 1750 ORAC units, but several studies suggest that antioxidant intake be increased to between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC units to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity. A serving of iceberg lettuce contains an ORAC value of 105, a serving of kale has a whopping 1770! Kale can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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8:55AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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11:45PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

Love all of these foods.

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7:09AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you.

4:14AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Love sweet potatoes!

2:32PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

while I love the new ideas, the old ones aren't bad....however, I really dislike the idea of "save your life"....mortality is 100%, we will all about "improve your quality and length of life", "improve your health", "lengthen your life".....saved sounds as if you are either about to die and aren't or like you never will die, but you will.....

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Just love those sweet potatoes and the other foods mentioned, they are so very tasty and delightful!

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