Stories tagged antioxidants

Adding yet another piece of evidence to the modern debate, the NY Times reports on some science that shows that coffee's positive side. There is one annoying point about this article though. The author regularly refers to a "cup of coffee." How much is that? 12oz? A travel mug full? 5oz.? Need some unit here folks.

Consuming blueberries on a regular basis could lead to an array of healthy benefits. Primarily serving as an antioxidant, blueberries aid in diminishing free radicals (cell destroyers that could lead to diseases). Research also suggests the antioxidants found in blueberries could fight some forms of cancer and Alzheimer’s.


Scientists at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society announced this week that Hispanic herbal teas may be better for you than the much-touted green tea.

Researchers looked at three types of Hispanic teas: ardisia, roselle (hibiscus), and mate (MAH-tay). Mate, as it turns out, is especially high in antioxidants, which help the body protect itself from the damaging effects of oxygen. A few mate brands were higher in antioxidants than green tea, which has been widely publicized for its medicinal qualities.

Elvira de Mejia, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition at the University of Illiois at Urbana-Champaign, suggests that people interested in getting the health effects of mate drink three or four cups a day.

Are you likely to change your beverage habits based on information like this? Do you choose foods because they're healthy, because they're what you're used to, or because you like the taste? What other kinds of food/nutrition stories would you like to see here?