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Antioxidant Produce - What to Do?
Created on 2/26/2013

The Dr. Oz Show recently highlighted the idea that we may be taking too many antioxidant supplements than is good for us.

Yet no rational medical expert disputes the importance of eating plenty of vegetables and fruit.

Part of the reason is that produce offers an easy way to access many important nutrients that help promote optimal health, and in ways that are often delicious and low calorie. Many of the compounds found in produce have antioxidant activity.

As stated in last week's blog posting, antioxidants in the proper concentration can have many beneficial health effects, perhaps helping to lessen the risk for chronic illnesses such as lung disease, heart attack and stroke, and even cancer in some circumstances. Getting too many antioxidants at one time, as with high-dose supplementation, might paradoxically do us harm in select instances.

But the amount of antioxidants found in produce is just right - not too little, and especially not too much.

So which to eat?

Easy answer - all of them! And that's an honest answer.

You see, the different colors of vegetables and fruits actually indicate the presence of a wide variety of different antioxidant compounds. Thus, the best way to get your antioxidants in a safe and effective way is to eat plenty of purple, red, white, green, yellow and orange produce - mix it up, have fun, add your veggies and even fruit to some of your favorite meals, and enjoy a range of enjoyable taste sensations by trying out news forms of produce once a week.

So when we at Harris Teeter say "eat the rainbow" we're actually not talking about candy.

We're talking about ways to stay healthy. Part of the way to do that is to eat lots of brightly colored produce to get your antioxidants (and other nutrients, too!).

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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