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 costóantioxidant 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 NutritionFacts.org 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 NutritionFacts.org, my attempt to provide a noncommercial, nonprofit, science-based source for the latest in nutrition research.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: aka*Travz / Flickr

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sharon b5 months ago

A little more interesting than the last article I read by this author but I'd like more information in the article rather than videos.

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