Beverage choices seem endless, ranging from vitamin-enhanced waters to antioxidant drinks. Read on to learn the best ones.
These beverages are a quick and easy way to include the recognized health benefits of these nutrients in our diets.
Acai berry has the highest antioxidant effects of any fruit measured using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values. Acai berries contain many antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, gallic acid, epicatechin, anthocyanins, procyanidins, protocatechuic acid, and other tannins.
While acai is higher in antioxidant potential, pomegranate is probably the most popular and widely marketed of the exotic superfruits. Pomegranate juice is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as ellagic acid, gallocatechins, prodelphinidins, and other tannins.
Don’t be fooled
Always remember to read the label to find out what your beverage of choice contains.
Look for pomegranate and acai drinks that are truly nutritious—containing 100 percent juice. Pure fruit juices may be a little pricey, but they are far better than antioxidant-fortified beverages made with water or apple or grape juice.
Admittedly, some people find that acai berry and pomegranate juices taste too tart. Mixing the drinks with other fruit juices can make them tastier. Adding other juices can also boost the colour because pure antioxidant beverages can appear brownish in colour and undesirable to the eye. The brownish colour denotes a quality product, though, so don’t shy away from it.
Drink in moderation
By bottling antioxidant drinks in large 20 oz (591 mL) containers, producers are able to provide nutritionally meaningful quantities of antioxidant fruit juices or teas. The downside is that consuming the whole beverage can lead to high intake of sugar and calories.
An average 20 oz (591 mL) bottle of a typical antioxidant drink made with 100 percent fruit juice contains 85 grams of sugar and 400 calories. One-third of one of these large bottles is a better daily serving size (8 oz/250 mL).
Antioxidant beverages contain nutrients that play a proven role in preventing heart disease, cancer, and other diseases, such as
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Theodore D. Cosco, PhD (Cantab) CPsychol