The Weight Loss Tip Everyone Needs to Know

Antioxidants and all their added benefits are all the rage today. Free radicals, which can cause cell damage and ultimately lead to diseases of the heart or cancer, can be neutralized by antioxidants. It seems everywhere you go looking for antioxidants, blueberries are the only choice. There are so many varieties of blueberry juices it is hard to find anything else. However, in our rush to embrace the latest antioxidant food craze, we’ve ignored some very high antioxidant foods that may be sitting in our cupboards right now. Instead of the beloved wild blueberry try the small red bean!

What is the important of eating foods naturally high in antioxidants? Scientists have found that the body forms unstable oxygen molecules (free radicals) that antioxidants can help neutralize.

A free radical is basically an atom with an odd number of electrons in its outer ring. Due to their odd number of electrons, free radicals indiscriminately pick up electrons from other atoms, which in turn convert those other atoms into secondary free radicals, thus setting up a chain reaction, which can cause substantial biological damage. This, in short, is bad. There are many different kinds of free radicals we are exposed to everyday such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides.

There are many common foods high in antioxidants and you shouldn’t restrict yourself to just blueberries for example. Did you know that foods are in different color families and each color contains different types of antioxidants and benefits? Thus the saying “eat your colors!” The yellow-orange color family including peaches and nectarines offer an immune system boost. Pomegranates, plums, and berries of the purple-red color family help reduce inflammation. To reap the full benefits of antioxidants it is important to eat foods from all color groups.

You can eat food high in antioxidants (by eating them raw, cooking them, or juicing them yourself) without having to pay a high price for unhealthy juices found in many grocery stores.

Be sure to give your blueberries some company at the dinner table tonight. Make sure to invite some beans, spinach, potatoes, or artichoke hearts to your table and enjoy your antioxidants and your weight loss tip of the day!

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