There is a lot in the media about the benefits of eating a healthy diet, and in many cases, that involves eating fruit and vegetables. While eating a range of foods is good for you, it can sometimes be difficult in a culture that is always on the go. However, even if you cannot eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, choosing ones that have a high level of antioxidants can give you an added boost. Here are some of the top antioxidants that you should be eating.
Purple, Red, and Blue Grapes
Grapes are one of the easiest fruits to consume, especially while on the go. They also contain phytochemicals and antioxidants, some of which are especially good at protecting your immune system. It means that you can pop a few in a bag and take them with you to work or the gym. They don’t need peeling, and they won’t fill you up too much. They are also a great source of vitamin C and selenium.
These little berries have long been associated with the ‘superfood’ category, because of their high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Blueberries are also good for the immune system like grapes, but they are also thought to be good at protecting against cancer and heart disease.
Strawberries and raspberries,in particular, are fantastic cancer-beating fruits. They both contain ellagic acid that helps to protect you from cancer agents both in your diet and in the environment. Strawberries are also one of the most popular fruits for people to grow in their gardens, so you can also protect them from harsh chemical pesticides.
When it comes to eating nuts, almost all of them are well-balanced and great for your body. They contain a healthy dose of ‘healthy’ fats, and they also have small amounts of protein and carbohydrate. Each variety of nut also contains their own profile of minerals and phytochemicals. Walnuts are high in omega-3s, while Brazil nuts contain a high level of selenium. They are also another great snacking food that you can eat on the go. You can also add them to another natural food that compliments nuts, and that’s honey. Eating honeycomb and honey has many benefits for your health.
Dark Green Vegetables
You have no doubt been told that eating your greens is good for you, but the fact is they are not just good. Many dark green vegetables like kale and spinach are high in nutrients that help fight disease. They are also high in vitamins C, E, and A, as well as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. All of these minerals and vitamins will help to keep you healthy and maintain a balanced diet. Although they are not the best things to eat on the run, that doesn’t mean they aren’t adaptable. Many people now include them in healthy smoothies that they take with them. It can be a great way to still get the vitamins you need while trying to lose weight.
Many foods contain antioxidants, some including drinks like tea are easily available and can be incorporated into your daily routine.
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