I am sure you have heard the term “antioxidant” before.  Oxidative damage occurs for various reasons – natural chemical reactions, exercise, environmental toxins, stress, lifestyle choices, etc.  To protect your cells from this damage, you need antioxidants for repair.  The only way to get antioxidants are to eat them!

Antioxidants are phytochemicals, meaning chemicals found in plants.  That means that the more plants you eat, the more antioxidants you eat to protect your cells.  While you can’t go wrong with plants, there are some that score higher in antioxidant levels.  This list might surprise you!  Here are the top 20 for total antioxidant capacity:

1.  Small red beans (1/2 cup)

2.  Wild blueberries (1 cup)

3.  Red kidney beans (1/2 cup)

4.  Pinto beans (1/2 cup)

5.  Cultivated blueberries (1 cup)

6.  Cranberries (1 cup)

7.  Blackberries (1 cup)

8.  Artichokes (1 cup – hearts)

9.  Prunes (1/2 cup)

10.  Raspberries (1 cup)

11.  Strawberries (1 cup)

12.  Red Delicious Apples (1 whole)

13.  Granny Smith Apples (1 whole)

14.  Pecans (1 oz)

15.  Sweet cherries (1 cup)

16.  Black plums (1 whole)

17.  Russet potato (1 whole)

18.  Black beans (1/2 cup)

19.  Plums (1 whole)

20.  Gala apples (1 whole)

Notice the serving size!  It doesn’t take much.

Did this list surprise you?  What I love about this list is how easy it is to find all of these foods.  And they are cheap!  Eating healthy can taste good while being affordable and accessible to anyone.