What are antioxidants, and how can we measure them?
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body.
ORAC (or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units measure the level of antioxidants in foods.
Let's find out just how much antioxidants 'healthy' foods contain!
Blueberries: 93 ORAC units per gram
Often touted as a source of antioxidants, blueberries are easy to eat and you can also freeze them for a delicious treat!
Green tea: 125 ORAC units per gram
Although green tea contains catechins, you throw away all the valuable antioxidants and minerals left trapped in the tea leaves!
Water can only extract a fraction of the goodness inside the tea leaves. This is different from Matcha.
Dark Chocolate: 227 ORAC units per gram
Cocoa is where the antioxidants are - so choose dark chocolate with high cocoa content (70% or greater) to enjoy the health benefits!
Matcha: 1,384 ORAC units per gram
Matcha is rich in catechins, a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants.
Because Matcha is made from from green tea leaves ground into powder, drinking a Matcha Latte means you get all the catechins in the entire tea leaf!
The Winner: Matcha
As a superfood, Matcha contains a ton of antioxidants!
Treat your body right with a Matcha Latte - your body will thank you for it.