7 Affordable Sources of All-Star Antioxidants

By Leah Zerbe
Rodale Institute

Looking to stretch your food budget? A surprising grain beats out even blueberries when comparing antioxidant content.


For ultra antioxidant affordability, cook up certain organic dried beans.

New research is identifying some dirt-cheap sources of disease-fighting, inflammation-calming antioxidants. And they cost a lot less than exotic superberries like goji or acai.

#1: Black rice
New research released at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting this year found that black rice could be a very affordable source of good health. For literally pennies, you can feed your family a serving of food that’s higher in antioxidants than even the most famous antioxidant-rich foods.

Like fruits, black rice is loaded with anthocyanin antioxidants, which show promise for fighting heart disease, cancer, and other ills. “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health-promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants,” says Zhimin Xu, PhD, associate professor of food science at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, Louisianna.

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