September 07, 2005

Nutrition Update!

I guess I'll get to keep ordering those "skinny, grande, mocha's with no-whip" after all!!!!
Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

A survey shows that coffee is the main source of antioxidants for Americans.
Antioxidants can help slow down age-related diseases such as heart problems. They're found in fruits and vegetables and other plant products like tea and coffee. Researchers at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, now reveal the main source of antioxidants in the American diet - coffee!

They looked first at the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items and then at the consumption of each by the population. Coffee turns out to be the number one source of antioxidants, being drunk by over half of the population each day. Although dates, in fact, are the food with the highest antioxidant content per serving size.

After coffee, tea, bananas, beans and corn are the main antioxidant sources. Other fruits and vegetables don't figure enough considering they also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. One or two cups of coffee a day will be enough to give beneficial amounts of antioxidants, say the researchers. The antioxidant content is about the same for regular or decaff coffee. Black tea would be equally beneficial. And dates, cranberries and red grapes are the top antioxidant containing fruits. Include these in your diet where you can.

American Chemical Society meeting 28th August 2005"

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