"Blueberries are heavily marketed as a super source of antioxidants.
"The astounding antioxidant capacity of the wild blueberry is what first
attracted modern-day scientists to study this amazing gift from mother
And in supermarkets, you see the word "antioxidants" everywhere. Snapple
iced tea mix boasts "antioxidants." Tropicana Orange juice says it has an
"antioxidant advantage." And even this bag of chips claims it "contains
Dr. John Santa
"Antioxidants are beneficial. They block the action of free radicals, which
can damage healthy cells in your body and contribute to heart disease,
cancer, and other illnesses."
But Consumer Reports' health experts say don't be taken in by packaged
foods touting antioxidants.
"A manufacturer can add antioxidants to food, but that doesn't mean it's a
good source for what you need."
Take Kellogg's FiberPlus bars that say they are "rich in antioxidants,
Vitamin E, and Zinc."
"You can get more vitamin E from just once ounce of almonds, and you can
get more zinc from just three ounces of lean beef."
And should you really focus on wild blueberries? Are they the "number one
"There is no one antioxidant 'superfood.' The best thing to do is eat a wide
variety of foods that are naturally rich in antioxidants, like fruits, vegetables,
and whole grains. Those will give you the biggest benefit." ."