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Antioxidants: Plant vs. Animal Foods

In the beginning, blueberries were the best. Then walnuts took the title, then wild blueberries took it back. Then small red beans were considered the #1 most antioxidant-packed food (that is, until herbs and spices were tested). Frankly, I thought it was over in 2007. USDA had released a database of 277 foods. When only 40 foods were tested, sure, blueberries were #1, but when hundreds of foods were tested, blueberries no longer even made the top ten. I made videos ranking them by serving size, and by cost—antioxidant bang for your buck. Mission accomplished, or so I thought. Then came the landmark publication of a study of the total antioxidant content of more than 3,000 foods.

Today’s video-of-the-day on completed my analysis of this groundbreaking study, but it’s important to take a step back and see what this amazing body of work has to say about what we should eat in general (see above).

Other videos in this series include:

If you’ve found this video useful, please feel free to check out all my videos on more than a thousand topics at, my attempt to provide a noncommercial, nonprofit, science-based source for the latest in nutrition research.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Dr. Michael Greger

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at


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10:34AM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

thank you

12:09PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013


5:59AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:49AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Great video. Very informative.

4:02PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

New info for me, Thanks!

3:26AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:09AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you :)

2:17AM PST on Feb 15, 2013


6:45AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Fruits and veggies are OK, but berries and nuts are full of parasites.

10:06AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012


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Thanks for sharing.

You should floss after eating, so after dinner or before bed, not leave the food stuck in your mouth…

How sweet. She realizes that they are friends and can rest peacefully.


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