If you’re confused about what the ORAC antioxidant scale is, you’re going to love this article. In simple terms, it stands for how much fighting power the specific antioxidants have in fighting against free radicals.
In more specific terms – the ORAC is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples.
However I’m sure you don’t care about scientific “jargon”, so I’ll make this easy to understand.
First of all, ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity. What it really means is that it’s the ability to “absorb” free radicals in your body. After all, that’s what antioxidants do – they kill the free radicals in your body that cause horrible things such as disease, illness, pain, wrinkles, old again and most every other “bad” thing that can happen to you.
What Is A Good ORAC Antioxidant Number?
When thinking about eating a particular type of food such as fruits or vegetables (I’ll explain which ones have great ORAC antioxidant scores next) – I have found something interesting occurs.
What I’ve found is that the darker foods almost always have higher ORAC scores than lighter foods.
For example, wild blueberries have a much higher score than something like a potato or light colored apple. Of course there are exceptions to this, but in most cases this seems to stand true.
The problem is… some people get obsessed over numbers and don’t focus on simply eating healthy foods. In my opinion, it’s not exactly the number that counts, but that you simply focus on eating more fruits and vegetables – and if you’re a little more serious about it (good for you) – simply look for fruits and vegetables that are darker in color.
With that said…here are a list of foods with very high ORAC antioxidant scores and which I would fully recommend including in your diet.
On the left will be the food, the middle is the serving size, and the right is the ORAC antioxidant number.
Small red beans –