Hippocrates wisely said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” In addition to providing us energy and enjoyment, food provides our body with many important nutrients that can promote health. For example, antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may help to boost our immune function and can protect our body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced when our cells burn oxygen during normal body processes or from environmental factors like tobacco smoke and radiation. Overtime, damage from free radicals may lead to health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. To help reduce your risk for developing health problems caused by free radical damage, make sure to eat plenty of foods that are rich in antioxidants.
So where can you find antioxidants? Many fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants but they can also be founds in other foods. Below is a list of antioxidants and where you can find them:
Carotenoids: Found in carrots, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, asparagus, cantaloupe, green peppers, kale, mangoes, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, as well as berries, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, and tomatoes.
Vitamin E: Found in nuts and seeds, vegetable oil, margarine and peanut butter.
Selenium: Found in fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs and chicken.
For a deliciously easy way to get more antioxidants into your diet, try this recipe for Watermelon Granitas.