August 29, 2005 General 1

Coffee top antioxidant source for Americans – Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Europeans have red wine, Asians have green tea but Americans have their own source of antioxidants — coffee, researchers reported on Sunday.

Americans drink plenty of coffee, which is high in antioxidants, compounds such as vitamins that fight damage to cells and to DNA, the study found.

But Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, the sources of antioxidants as well as fiber and other nutrients that dietitians, scientists and doctors recommend, said Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Vinson and colleagues studied the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common drinks.

They also examined a U.S.
Department of Agriculture database on how much Americans eat of each type of food item.

“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close,” Vinson said in a statement.

Presenting his findings to a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, Vinson said this did not mean that coffee was necessarily the best source of antioxidants.

“Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall

nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber,” he said.

Dates, cranberries and red grapes have high concentrations of antioxidants, he said.

But Americans do not eat much of these foods.

Black tea was the second-leading source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. Bananas, dry beans and corn placed third, fourth

and fifth, Vinson found.

This is some of the best news I have heard. Although I do enjoy green tea, in the winter, coffee is my beverage of choice. How wonderful that there are some benefits to it 🙂