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Coffee largest antioxidant source

August 29, 2005

A report on yet another study showing health benefits from coffee…

Coffee – caffeinated and decaffeinated – emerged as easily the biggest source of antioxidants, taking account of the amount per serving and level of consumption. Black tea came second, followed by bananas.

“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source – nothing else comes close,” said study leader Professor Joe Vinson, from Scranton University in Pennsylvania. He was presenting his findings at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

The findings in the US probably reflect a similar trend in the UK, where people drink about 70 million cups of coffee each day. Antioxidants help to rid the body of harmful free radicals, destructive molecules that damage cells and DNA. They have been linked to health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer.

Via The Green Coffee Cooperative forum.

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