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Homegrown Foods Rival Exotic Types for Antioxidant Power

June 4, 2009: 09:50 AM EST
Many homegrown fruits and foods in the US contain equal amounts of antioxidants as exotic superfruits, as shown by the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values, drawn up by the federal Department of Agriculture. The agency recommends an intake of at least 3,000 ORAC units a day – and ground cloves have the highest value, at 314,000, while acai berries have 161,000. Nutrition experts say that bioavailability – the processing method and form in which the ingredients are eaten, is important for effectiveness. Among domestic fruits that have high ORAC values are blueberries, cranberries and plums.
Diane Toops, "Superfruits: Back to Basics", Foodprocessing.com, June 04, 2009, © Food Processing
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