By Dt. Sangeeta Bhatt, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Antioxidants are known for their ability to fight heart disease, cancer and aging. Considered a magical and sometimes essential part of one’s diet, antioxidants helps to keep existing cells alive and healthy. Common antioxidant includes vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Selenium, beta-carotene, flavonoids, and polyphenols. Some people rely on supplements for this BUT there are easy and tasty
Ways to have antioxidant-rich diet. Please check them out:
Beans: Surprisingly small red bean tops the list of antioxidant foods. All the beans have health benefits, the more the colourful bean (red, black) may have a added bonus. The chemical flavonoid (colour pigment) act as antioxidant to give some protection against heart disease and certain cancer. Besides beans are naturally low in fat and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in protein, fibre, iron, folic acid and potassium. So, either serve beans as a side dish or substitute them for meat at least once a week.
Berries: These juicy fruits not only taste good but they help fight diseases. Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries all are rich in antioxidants. Add these to your breakfast and you will get your day off to a very good start!
Fruits & Vegetables: Carrots, oranges, apple, red grapes, prunes (alubhukhara) and other coloured fruits and vegetables contains antioxidant chemicals. Be sure to add this colour to your diet.
Potatoes: Potatoes are also rich in antioxidants and you can favour your body by adding them, add it to your dinner, just donot fry or load it up with butter and cream.
Dark Chocolate: YES, its true dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and lower blood pressure. Only thing take this treat in moderation and only go for the dark varieties.
By consuming a diet rich in antioxidants, you are putting up a fight against cancer, aging and other illnesses. So, one way to keep healthy is to get indulged in some antioxidant-rich food!