Have you ever wondered if all those “high antioxidant” drinks out there are really beneficial? Or are they just a clever way to make us pay more for some flavored water or juice? Some researchers in Italy were curious enough to conduct a study to find out the answer. As it turns out, your money might be better spent elsewhere.
Green tea, fruits, vegetables, nuts, chocolate, garlic, onions and red wine are all great sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help our body fight off something called free radicals, which can damage the cells of our body and initiate chronic disease, such as cancer and heart disease.
Knowing that, it sounds like buying a drink that’s high in antioxidants would be a good idea, right? Not really, so states this latest research. They found these casino en ligne francais beverages are not as high in antioxidants as we might think, when compared to fresh fruit juice such as grapefruit or orange juice. Green tea-based drinks were the lowest, followed by fruit-based antioxidant drinks. Additionally, they found that the drinks were high in antioxidants mostly because of natural additives to boost the antioxidant potential. On a positive note, the antioxidants that they did have lasted to the expiration date.
These results are consistent with previous research that showed bottled tea drinks were much lower in antioxidants than freshly brewed tea. Using a laboratory analysis to determine the amount of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in six brands of bottled tea, the scientists concluded that, in some cases, the bottled teas had “virtually no” polyphenols.
The moral of this story? Drink water, freshly brewed tea, and fresh squeezed juices (watch the calories though!). Save your money for fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally high in these powerful antioxidants.