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A "Garden" of Antioxidants
Antioxidants can be a confusing concept, and many Americans wonder where their antioxidant vitamins should come from. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is the best approach to getting the antioxidants you need. In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables every meal. Eating plenty of whole-grain foods, as well as nuts containing vitamin E provides antioxidants, too.
Fruits and vegetables are still the best sources of carotenoids and vitamin C, as well as other phytonutrients that may help protect against some health problems such as cancers and heart disease.
Many foods are fortified with antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta carotene. While they may not supply enough antioxidant vitamins for their possible protective benefits, they're often good sources.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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