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Look to coffee for antioxidant consumption

Many of my friends cannot talk coherently in the morning until they have that first cup of coffee. There are so many stories pointing out the problems with coffee and caffeine. Some studies are pro-coffee and some are negative towards coffee.

Well here’s a great one study. Forget Blueberries and Red Wine. Coffee has way more antioxidants than any other food or drink we consume!!

According to the folks at BrainHQ, the importance of this specific study is that it looks at the amount of overall consumption of foods and compares that to each other. Blueberries, pomegranates, green tea and red wine have great concentrations of antioxidants. However, we just don’t consume enough of these foods to really make a difference. You need to consume a large volume.  (Of all the foods studied, dates were the clear winner in antioxidant amount over all the others)

In the study looking at amount of food consumed, coffee came in #1 and tea #2. They far outdistanced all other foods. In fact it looked like coffee consumption was almost 5 times as much as tea consumption. And that is where Americans get most of their antioxidants. The antioxidant level is similar whether you drink caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee and/or tea.

Now you cannot depend on all your antioxidants coming from coffee, so you need to seek a variety of dietary sources and consume different types. But if you love your morning coffee, drink on.  It is good for you!


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