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Food Antioxidants, Stroke, and Heart Disease

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DESCRIPTION: The oxidation of high-fat and cholesterol-rich foods in our stomachs may help explain why eating antioxidant packed foods appears to reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

What about antioxidants and cancer? That was the subject of my last video Food Antioxidants and Cancer ( ).

Which foods have the highest antioxidant content? See:

• Anti-up on the Veggies ( )
• Antioxidants in a Pinch ( )
• Best Berries ( )
• Better Than Goji Berries ( )
• Better Than Green Tea? ( )
• The Best Apple ( )
• The Best Beans ( )
• The Best Nuts ( )
• The Fruit Whose Juice is Healthier ( )
• The Healthiest Herbal Tea ( )

It's the heme iron in chicken blood that may be contributing to fat oxidation in the stomach. That's one of the targets of the Meat Additives to Diminish Toxicity ( ).

More on reducing stroke risk can be found in my videos Preventing Strokes with Diet ( ) and Whole Grains May Work As Well As Drugs ( ).

I have more than 150 videos on heart disease ( ). Heart Disease Starts in Childhood ( ) and One in a Thousand Ending the Heart Disease Epidemic ( ) are among two of the most recent.

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Food Antioxidants, Stroke, and Heart Disease

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DESCRIPTION: The oxidation of high-fat and cholesterol-rich foods in our stomachs may help explain why eating antioxidant packed foods appears to reduce heart attack and stroke risk.

What about antioxidants and cancer? That was the subject of my last video Food Antioxidants and Cancer (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-antioxidants-and-cancer).

Which foods have the highest antioxidant content? See:

• Anti-up on the Veggies (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-up-on-the-veggies/)
• Antioxidants in a Pinch (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/antioxidants-in-a-pinch/)
• Best Berries (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/best-berries/)
• Better Than Goji Berries (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/better-than-goji-berries/)
• Better Than Green Tea? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/better-than-green-tea/)
• The Best Apple (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/the-best-apple/)
• The Best Beans (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/the-best-bean-2/)
• The Best Nuts (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/the-best-nut-2/)
• The Fruit Whose Juice is Healthier (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-fruit-whose-juice-is-healthier/)
• The Healthiest Herbal Tea (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest-herbal-tea/)

It's the heme iron in chicken blood that may be contributing to fat oxidation in the stomach. That's one of the targets of the Meat Additives to Diminish Toxicity (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-additives-to-diminish-toxicity/).

More on reducing stroke risk can be found in my videos Preventing Strokes with Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-strokes-with-diet/) and Whole Grains May Work As Well As Drugs (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/whole-grains-may-work-as-well-as-drugs/).

I have more than 150 videos on heart disease (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/heart-disease). Heart Disease Starts in Childhood (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-starts-in-childhood/) and One in a Thousand Ending the Heart Disease Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/one-in-a-thousand-ending-the-heart-disease-epidemic/) are among two of the most recent.

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24 Comments

  1. filling my water bottle with cool hibiscus tea at the gym and for bike
    rides…
    my neighbors have a giant rose of sharon. i’ll be raiding it come summer.

    1. +Julian
      thanks, that’s why i gave up diet cola. i didn’t know the phosphoric acid
      was what was loosening my fillings. i wish the dentist had told me over the
      years!

    2. +Matt N Hibiscus is way less acidic than diet cola fortunately. That said,
      you shouldn’t keep your teeth in it all the time and should definitely
      alkalize your mouth afterward. Green tea works well for this purpose – with
      the additional fluoride in it too. Or obviously toothpaste and some
      alkaline foods.

    1. +AstralStorm people can deny and claim anything. For example that a mostly
      raw vegan diet isn’t healthy because no clinical studies have been done to
      prove that. That’s a claim, not a fact. We’re being trolled here.

    2. Yawn – such a storm of ignorance and buffoonery.

      Recognized published studies have INDEED been performed and the results
      published.

      Many of these have been well documented on sites such as NutritionFacts.org
      by Dr. Michael Greger – a leading vegan source and colleague of folks such
      as C. Esselstyn, T.Colin Campbell, and J. MacDougall. But as you folks are
      all such erudite scholars, I suspect that even these sources will be
      denigrated in exchange for supporting faddist claims substantiated by
      nutritional science.

    3. +sdushdiu Name them. Specifically for *raw* vegan diet. As a whole, not
      some specific components.

      I’ve looked through most of Greger’s archive and you’re plain old wrong and
      trolling.

      This for instance makes me wary:
      http://jn.nutrition.org/content/135/10/2372.long

      Though I’m pretty sure the homocysteine is related to B12 status (needs
      supplementation), I wouldn’t be so sure about low HDL – which is generally
      bad. The obvious reason would be lack of fats in almost all raw foods.

    1. There was a video on it some time ago I think… One about lutein and
      xanthins.

      It’s always better to eat whole foods to provide it than supplement a
      single chemical. Goji contains a lot, kale and spinach also plenty,
      broccoli some… And more plant foods.

    2. +organicsuperman Correct. However, I haven’t heard of a trial specifically
      targetting xanthin/lutein supplements and morbidity endpoints, let alone
      mortality.

      Could be interesting to run one. This requires major $$$.

  2. hmmm. Plant foods, particularly veggies and fruits … you can’t eat too
    many as a % of a reasonable amount of calories, no side effects. Why eat
    anything else?

    That bloody chicken you talk about … just more crap I wouldn’t even feed
    my dog. She thrives on vegan food!! 

    1. +sdushdiu
      40 years ago my neighbors dog Kemo’o would come over to visit – wanting to
      be neighborly i would give him salads since that was what I had, Kemo’o
      liked them and scarfed them down. I was not trying to convert him.

    2. +dabigisland1 My neighbor’s dog has been caught more than a few times
      eating my tomatoes … and his. Last time he puked them up, but he still
      does it.

    3. +Randy Kreill And your point is? I specifically referred to pets which are
      CARNIVORES – such as CATS – which far too many think they can impose their
      beliefs upon as well – with disastrous results.
      And while some believe they can simply convert their dog to a vegan diet,
      the fact is that while it is easy to feed them vegetables, it is Far more
      difficult to insure that they will receive sufficient bioavailable
      nutrients given that they lack the digestive enzymes to adequately digest
      many plant foods.
      But, if you can manage to read for meaning and as a result have more
      information about the effects of feeding CARNIVORES, such as cats, a vegan
      diet, let us know.
      Meanwhile the non sequitur observations are fascinating, but hardly germane
      to the issue – namely that one should NOT try to feed a CARNIVORE – such as
      a CAT – a vegan diet.
      The point is that far too many think they can modify all of their pets’
      diets. But one should NOT simply go out and impose your beliefs on others
      without knowing exactly what you are doing.

    4. +dabigisland1
      Dogs love chocolate too – without coaxing.
      So employing that ‘logic’, by all means feel free to feed your dog
      chocolate.
      And then be sure to provide for sufficient medical care and a nice burial
      as well.

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