Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen Ed. # 5

I'm sure we've all heard of the health benefits of antioxidants. They are known to protect the body's cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (whatever that means! That's another Thursday Thirteen maybe?). Suffice it to say, the damaging stress these free radicals place on our cells have been linked to cancer, ageing, heart disease, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, etc. In 2004, Wu X, Beecher GR, Holden JM, et al. published "Lipophilic and hydrophilic antioxidant capacities of common foods in the United States" in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry (52(12):4026-37). So this week, as per this article, I'd like to list:

The Top Thirteen Antioxidant Rich Foods in the Common North American Diet Which I Will Try to Eat More of:
  1. Small Red Bean (dried)
  2. Wild Blueberry
  3. Red Kidney Bean (dried)
  4. Pinto Bean
  5. Blueberry (cultivated)
  6. Cranberry
  7. Artichoke (cooked)
  8. Blackberry
  9. Dried Prune
  10. Raspberry
  11. Strawberry
  12. Red Delicious Apple
  13. Granny Smith Apple
Bonus: okay, they listed 20, so here are the rest in descending order: Pecan, Sweet Cherry, Black Plum, Russet Potato (cooked)!!, Black Bean (dried), Plum, and Gala Apple.

To your good health Thirteeners! Happy Thirteening :)

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suchprettycolors said...

good for you and yummy, too...

scribbit said...

I try to get blueberries in whereever I can, they're so good and tasty and healthy. Good list.

Raggedy said...

Good for you!
Great list, I eat some of these and I was not even aware they were good things for antioxidents.
Have a wonderful Thursday
My TT is posted

tina said...

Wow great information. :) ty for the info. :)

Leah said...

what an informative list Angelo...
I love strawberries, gala apple and blueberries. not much of a bean fan but I gues I should add more of it to my diet.

iskoo said...

i am very familiar with only two berrys in your list. 1st is the wild berry which i often see and eat when we hike. 2nd is the strawberry syiempre sa baguio meron neto :)

Gina said...

I will need to have more of those in my daily diet ( I think..) Right now , I am drinking this pomegranate (not in your list)blueberry concentrate drink. They say it has good antioxidant properties, and especially good to fight coughs & cold (which I am fighting a tough battle right now)=(
That doesn't stop me from enjoying Thursday Thirteening, though!
Happy T13!

Mert said...

Thanks for that, great info. Happy TT!

JohnH985 said...

I need to try to eat healthier but I doubt if I will.

My 13 are up.

Shoshana said...

Very good list.

As for the flatulence (fart) of beans...add 4-5 dticks of celery (chopped or not) while cooking. It nutralizes the methane producing effect of beans.

ghee said...

wow!This is quite an info,Angelo!
I really believe that beans are good for us.How about soya beans?have you heard of Tofu?I thought they`re in the list.

Thanx for sharing this.I should try to eat them all,if possible,hehe.

Nice...double T? :D

see yah later,Angelo!!

Caylynn said...

Great list! Yep, those are all foods high in antioxidants. I love that berries are so rich in them - I could eat berries all day. :)

Happy T13. :)

Laurence said...

Mmmm... Great interesting list !!! Happy Thursday Thirteen !!! :-)

P.S. I love Strawberries

Barbara H. said...

We do the apples and strawberries, occasionally blueberries in muffins. I wish my family liked beans. I grew up on pinto beans and rice and cornbread. :)

dawn said...

I love all of these (except maybe the prunes)

Great List

Happy TT

cruise said...

i'll better stop drinking coffee and replace them with eating berries. thanks for the tip.

haze said...

Another essential things to know re:food intake! I've eaten most of these, love fruits and beans. Thanks for sharing Angelo !

Uisce said...

apples, I had no idea!

Frances said...

I've always loved blueberries, now that I knwo how healthy they are I luv 'em even more.
Thanks for sharing a yummy and healthy 13.
PS I found you on BlogExplosion

Teena said...

Good to know!

Mine's up :)

Toe said...

Angelo, we don't have any of those here yata... but we do have green tea. :)

Angelo de los Angeles said...

Suchprettycolors: Yup, yummy! Happy T13

Scribbit: Bluberries are very good! Happy T13 :)

Raggedy: Good for you too, and you didn't even know it :) Happy T13!

Tina: Your welcome Tina :)

Leah: Yeah, don't like beans too much either.... you know what they say: beans beans good for your heart, the more you eat the more you hehe....

Iskoo: Yeah, wish I knew of a study with tropical fruits.... I'm sure they are rich in antioxidants too, anything with Vit C would have high antioxidant capacity I think....

Gina: I hope you feel better soon, I think there's a bug going around, so keep drinking your juices :) Happy T13!

Mert: Thanks for dropping by and Happy T13!

John985: Yeah, I probably won't either, but I'm gonna try...Happy T13!

Shoshana: Thanks for the tip! I hate beans coz of the flatulence hehe :) Happy T13!

Ghee: Hey Ghee! I love tofu, I'm gonna look up its antioxidant properties.... I have heard of estrogen in soybeans, some scientist was claiming that eating soybeans was turning our children gay hehe...I heard it on MTV though, so I don't know about that, I'll have to read up on it :) Happy Double T :D

Caylynn: mmm me too! Happy T13 :)

Laurence: Salut! moi aussi :) Happy T13!

Barbara H.: Yes me too, I love blueberry muffins :) Happy T13!

Dawn: I used to hate prunes too, but I love them now :) Happy T13!

Cruise: I should do that too, but I get terrible headaches if I skip the coffee!

Haze: you're welcome! Bon sante :)

Uisce: I had no idea either!

Frances: Yup, and they're so delicious too :) Happy T13!

Teena: Thanks! Happy T13!

Toe: Oh yes Green tea has a lot of antioxidants! studies have shown it may be helpful in preventing atherosclerosis, Cancer, lowering bad cholesterol, raising good cholesterol, etc.... I'm thinking of trying to switch from coffee. I'm just not sure the caffiene content of green tea would suffice....I'll try it :)

ghee said...

hahaha!thats not true!imagine japan with gay people all around you?hmmmm....LOL!