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Coffee’s a Source of Antioxidants

By on December 26th, 2006
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Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a new study.

The findings by Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage.
“The point is, people are getting the most antioxidants from beverages, as opposed to what you might think,” Vinson said.

Antioxidants, which are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits, are abundant in grains, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.
Vinson said he was researching tea and cocoa and other foods and decided to study coffee, too.

They concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 mg of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 mg. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 mg; dry beans, 72 mg; and corn, 48 mg.

That does not mean coffee is a substitute for fruit and vegetables.
“Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point.