ANTIOXIDANTS! What? Why? Where?
What is an antioxidant?
Enjoy the biology lesson? So where can we find the antioxidants we need?
Antioxidants are found in abundance in fresh fruit and vegetables. Australians are encouraged to eat 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit every day. Many people however struggle to reach their daily recommended requirement of these foods. Within Australia only 14% of men and 21% of women report eating more than four serves of vegetables per day. Plants naturally produce antioxidants to protect themselves from free radicals and these often cause pigments such as orange, purple, blue and red in fruits. Berries are naturally high in antioxidants, pink grapefruit, oranges and dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and dates are also our antioxidant friends. Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, egg plant, red beans and dark green leafy vegetables should be eaten a plenty and if you need a treat it may please you to discover that dark chocolate, black tea and red wine are also a must for this diet!
Your local farmers market is the best place to find all the foods you need to ensure your diet
is rich in antioxidants. The finest selection of fresh fruit and vegetables are available to tempt you and make your transition to a healthy lifestyle an easy one.