Antioxidants in Fruits
Fruits, especially berries, are full of antioxidants essential for good health.
Fruit Antioxidants in Dried or Frozen Form
Dried versions of these fruits are smaller, but they still have plenty of
antioxidants. For instance, just half a cup of these dried fruits packs quite a
punch: prunes (7,291), dates (3,467), figs (2,537), and raisins (2,490). Some
people prefer the taste or texture of certain dried fruits over fresh ones.
Dried cranberries are a prime example; they tend to be much less tart than the
When buying dried fruit, check the label for added sugar and portion size.
"One thing people don't realize is that portion size for dried fruit is
fairly small, usually a quarter of a cup," Moore tells WebMD. "So it's
very easy to overeat dried fruit, getting a lot more calories than you need.
For people struggling with weight control, that can be too much of a good
thing. If you eat the fruits in their natural form, they are very low in
calories, very nutritious, full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and many, many
antioxidants. The whole fruit helps keep you in line calorie-wise."
Also, frozen fruits are a good way to go, adds Moore. "Make sure you buy
the ones without added sugar. Frozen berries are especially good for a
smoothie, where texture and appearance doesn't matter. Also, they're good over
ice cream or cake, when you're dishing and serving them fairly soon out of the
bag. If you wait too long after they've thawed, they're going to get fairly
Drinking Your Antioxidants in Wine and Juice
More than 300 studies cite plentiful antioxidants in red wine, grape juice,
grape seed, and grape skin extracts. Red wine is loaded with flavonoids like
anthocyanidins and catechins. Studies show that when animals are given grape
products (the study did not specify which products) the artery-clogging process
slows down. The same thing seems to happen with humans, Prior says.
This is at the heart of what's known as the French paradox, a theory that
emerged in the 1990s. French people have lower rates of heart attacks despite
the rich cuisine they eat because they drink moderate amounts of red wine with