Cup of Joe Rich in Antioxidants

Did you know your morning mug of coffee was chock-full of antioxidants? According to a recent study conducted at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, coffee provides more antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the typical Western diet.

Researcher Joe Vinson analyzed the antioxidant content of over 100 different food and drink samples - including fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils and beverages - using Agriculture Department information on average food consumptions to determine how many antioxidants each item contributes to a typical daily diet. Working on the presumption that the average American drinks approximately 1.64 cups of coffee per day, the research concluded that 1,299mg of antioxidants are consumed from this source. This is significantly higher than the next-best antioxidant-rich item; which is tea at 294mg of antioxidants. As a point of comparison, bananas have 76 mg, dry beans have 72 mg and corn has 48 mg of antioxidants. Dates, cranberries and red grapes also rank high.

Now, this doesn't mean that coffee alone is the answer to fighting cancer or preventing heart disease. Antioxidants work best in conjunction with other vitamins, minerals and nutritional substances. Therefore, a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the best approach to optimum health and well being. Furthermore, remember that coffee can raise your cholesterol levels and make you jittery, so moderation is the key.

August 2005
Source: Yahoo News


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