We all know antioxidants are important nutrients to get in our diet. Why? Most people’s response usually has something to do with preventing cancer. This is true, but antioxidant foods can do a number of things that may promote our health in ways other than just preventing cancer.
Antioxidants are compounds that fight free-radical damage. Free radical damage in the body occurs in a variety of ways; this can be the result of pollution, toxins, too much sunlight, or even normal and natural bodily processes. Often times, these processes and exposures lead to oxidative stress and inflammation inside the body.
Oxidative stress is one of the primary contributors to aging; over time, this stress can take a toll on the cells in our body. Antioxidants, therefore, are a good antidote to aging and are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. And, because antioxidants fight the inflammation that contributes to numerous health problems over time––including diseases like cancer––they are an important part of maintaining health in the long run.
So where do we get antioxidants?
There are many plant-based sources of these nutrients; not all of them, however, are good foods for the Kaufmann Diet. Many of them are derived from fruits, and while fruits contain many beneficial nutrients, many of these fruits are very high in sugar. On The Kaufmann Diet, the goal is to keep sugar and simple carbohydrate intake to a minimum with the goal of eliminating or starving yeasts and fungi that may be parasitizing your body. Fruit intake on the diet is not eliminated, but it is restricted to certain fruits.
So while fruits like prunes, raisins, açaí berries, or even sweetened pomegranate drinks are good sources of antioxidants, the sugar content of those foods means you should skip them for now. Similarly, most people equate red wine with antioxidants. Yet, red wine also contains alcohol––the product of yeast fermenting the sugar in grapes. This, too, is off limits on an anti-fungal and anti-yeast diet (all alcoholic beverages are excluded).
Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to anti-oxidant rich foods for The Kaufmann Diet.
A food’s antioxidant potency is measured by its ORAC score, or oxygen radical absorbance capacity. The higher the ORAC score, the more potent the concentration of antioxidants. All of the foods listed below are included on the Kaufmann Diet, and as you can see by their ORAC score, these are good foods to include in your diet to get these health-promoting nutrients.
ORAC: 2400 per 100g
ORAC: 2036 per 100g
ORAC: 1504 per 100g
ORAC: 1260 per 100g
ORAC: 1220 per 100g
7. Brussels Sprouts
ORAC: 949 per 100g