Coffee ranks as No.1 source of antioxidants

August 31, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Coffee ranks as No.1 source of antioxidants

According to recent study findings, coffee ranks as the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet, even more so than fruits and vegetables.

Researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania analyzed the antioxidant power of 100 foods and beverages and compared their findings to a USDA database on estimated per capita consumption of each item.

Dates came out as the clear winner in terms of the food with the most antioxidant punch, with an antioxidant value of 1744. Coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated was lower on the list with a value of 936. Since most people consume more coffee than other high-ranking food items, coffee came out as the main source of antioxidants in most people

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