Radicchio: An Antioxidant Powerhouse

antioxidants,health benefits,radicchioEven if you’re eating fruits and vegetables and getting plenty of antioxidants, you might be able to do better because Italian researchers at the University of Urbino discovered the rosy radicchio is a nutrient-rich powerhouse when examined solely for its antioxidant capabilities.

Radicchio has long been a staple in Europe, and, in the last decade, it has begun to grace American tables as well. When radicchio was compared to other fruits and vegetables in it’s oxygen radical absorbency capacity (ORAC)—which measures a food’s ability to neutralize the body’s most common free radical (the oxygen free radical)—here’s how it compared:

 

Food Serving Size ORAC
Score
Plum 1 medium 626
Red Bell Pepper 1 medium 740
Raisins 1/4 cup 1026
Strawberries 1/2 cup 1170
Spinach 1 cup 1290
Blueberries 1/2 cup 1740
Radicchio 1 cup 1768

 

Antioxidants are important in the diet because they serve as a natural defense against aging. So, if you like crunch, color, and flavor in your salad, try the radicchio because there is no way you can go wrong choosing such a high ORAC food.

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