Coffee is America’s Leading Antioxidant
A new study shows that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than any other source. Unfortunately, this is an indication of poor dietary habits, not the wonders of coffee.
Coffee is leading source of antioxidants in U.S. (Chicago Tribune)
Coffee provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday. The findings are by Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. His findings were released in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Chemical Society in Washington. Antioxidants are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits.
Vinson said his team analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items. They found that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams.
That does not mean coffee is a substitute for antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables. “Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables,” Vinson said.
Of course, coffee is more enjoyable than broccoli.