Friday, August 27, 2010

Truth about Antioxidants

antioxidant foods infographic, showing antioxidant benefits
Via: Term Life Insurance Blog

I thought this diagram was cute and informative so of course I decided to share it. Check out the The Daily Green, a website I just discovered today, for lots of other fun accurate food info.

Baaaack to antioxidants, as the diagram shows, food that comes from the ground(or tree/plant/etc.) and goes directly into your mouth with no processing will always be the best source of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients.

The latest trend in the grocery store is to take junk food and market it as health food. Don't buy that overpriced junk in the grocery store that touts "added" vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the works. Most times your body can only absorb small amounts of these add-ins because they are not in their natural state. Remember the 7th grade iron in cereal experiment? No? Take a magnet to a cereal that claims to have "added iron!". The cereal will follow the magnet. Sick. Yes, the cereal company did add more "iron" to their cereal, but they added it in the form of tiny iron shavings. If your feeling weak and think you need more iron go eat some red meat don't go chomp on the side of a railroad track.

Also most of these products that claim to have added wonder ingredients are highly processed and packaged. Which not only negatively affects you but the environment as wall. I know it is so easy to buy that box of high-fructose corn syrup ridden granola bars(i.e. glorified rice krispie bar) and throw them in your purse for an easy on the go snack. But it is just as easy to pack some trail mix, veggies and hummus, or a piece of fresh fruit in a reusable container. A much healthier, cheaper, more environmentally sound practice.

While this lovely weather lasts skip the supermarket and take an adventure(by foot or bike) to your local farmers market. You'll be getting vitamin D + exercise + a new experience, three things that are proven to make you happier! Oh and I guess the fresh, organic, locally grown, cheap, food is a benefit as well :)

What is your favorite go-to snack?

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