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Healthy eating is a great way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. But did you know that healthy eating has even more natural benefits? You may have heard that healthy foods contain antioxidants. Read on to learn about their role in your health.
Antioxidants are naturally found in foods. An antioxidant can be:
Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from damage. Cell damage happens naturally as you age. It can also happen when you are exposed to things like pollution or cigarette smoke. Cell damage can lead to common diseases like heart disease and diabetes. A diet rich in antioxidants can help lower your risk of these diseases.
Vegetables, fruit, whole grain bread, pasta and cereal, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, garlic, and green tea have antioxidants.
No. Some antioxidant supplements may have higher amounts than you need. This could be unsafe. If you are thinking about taking an antioxidant supplement, talk to your healthcare provider. You can get all the antioxidants you need from eating a variety of antioxidant rich foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grain bread, pasta and cereal, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, garlic and green tea.
Yes. Eating a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains may help lower your risk of cancer. These foods naturally have antioxidants as well as other nutrients that have many health benefits.
Antioxidants are natural substances found in food that may help to lower your risk of chronic diseases. Following Canada’s Food Guide is an easy way to help you get a variety of antioxidants every day to keep you healthy.
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