Do you want to maximize your intake of disease- and cancer-fighting antioxidants? Add some of these high-antioxidant foods to your diet, as compiled by the South Beach Diet experts:

Pomegranates, small red beans (dried), red kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, Red Delicious apples, Granny Smith apples, pecans, sweet cherries, black plums, Gala apples, black beans (dried), plums

Although experts recognize that antioxidants as naturally occurring nutrients can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and aging, they don’t know exactly how they work in the body—or whether increasing their intake in food or supplemental form truly helps fight disease. What experts do know is that foods high in antioxidants are some of the foods highest in nutrients and fiber needed for a healthy lifestyle—so eating them can’t hurt, and it will help you stay healthy. It’s important to know that cooking food affects its antioxidant properties: Blueberries are more potent raw; tomatoes become more powerful when cooked.

1. Wild blueberries
2. Kidney beans
3. Pinto beans
4. Cultivated blueberries
5. Cranberries
6. Artichoke hearts
7. Blackberries
8. Prunes
9. Raspberries
10. Strawberries


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