Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals, consult with your doctor before making any kind of change in your diet!
Do you know the feeling when it seems like you can’t escape a certain word? Well, we feel like that has been antioxidants at least for the past 10 years. But we also kinda understand why. And we wanna share thy why with you.
First things first, what are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.
They are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers”, but basically they are the best defence we have against free radicals.
Where do antioxidants come from?
The sources of antioxidants can be natural or artificial. Certain plant-based foods are thought to be rich in antioxidants. Plant-based antioxidants are a kind of phytonutrient or plant-based nutrient. The body also produces some antioxidants, known as endogenous antioxidants. Antioxidants that come from outside the body are called exogenous.
Scientists use several tests to measure the antioxidant content of foods. One of the best tests is the FRAP (ferric reducing ability of plasma) analysis. It measures the antioxidant content of foods by how well they can neutralize a specific free radical.
The higher the FRAP value, the more antioxidants the food contains.
Some foods with very high FRAP value are:
- Dark chocolate – The antioxidants in cocoa and dark chocolate have been linked to impressive health benefits such as less inflammation and reduced risk factors for heart disease
- Pecans – A study found that people who consumed 20% of their daily calories from pecans experienced significantly increased blood antioxidant levels
- Blueberries (you had to know this was coming, right?) – Several studies even suggest that blueberries contain the highest amount of antioxidants among all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables
- Strawberries – Based on a FRAP analysis, strawberries provide up to 5.4 mmol of antioxidants per 3.5 ounces
- Artichokes – these are especially rich in the antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid. Studies suggest that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of chlorogenic acid may reduce the risk of certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Goji Berries – they contain unique antioxidants known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides. These have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer and may help combat skin ageing.
But if you don’t feel like making lists of foods to eat, here’s the rule of thumb: if it’s a nut, a berry, or a leafy green, you’re good to go!
But we know that talking about eating more fruit and nuts it’s easier said than done: you have to remember packing them with you, not to mention actually making a habit out of buying them and convince yourself to eat them when you’re actually craving cake instead.
But what if there were a very antioxidant-rich cake that could help you with that?
Well, of course there is! And we make it
It’s the Summer Berry Vibes Cake, which we actually thought of naming the Antioxidant Cake, because it’s so packed with super-berries! Of course, you don’t even have to take our word for it, you just look at the inside of the slice and you’ll see for yourself that OMG it’s not just full of berries, but also full of nuts!
And yes, okay, it’s missing the leafy greens, but do you really feel like eating spinach in your desserts? Yeah, that’s what we thought too.
But really, if you’re looking to introduce more antioxidants in your diet, you should consider doing it in a sustainable and pleasant manner. And we think dessert is that manner.