“What Is An O.R.A.C. Unit?”


Dawlin, “Have you had your ORAC’s today?” “Wait… What? What is an ORAC?”

Did you know that by the year 2050, nearly one-third of the U.S. population is expected to be over age 65. Preliminary research supports early findings that millions of aging people may be able to guard against diseases or dementia simply by adding high-ORAC foods to their diets. This could save much suffering, as well as reduce the staggering cost of treating and caring for the elderly.

The oxygen radical absorption capacity (O.R.A.C) test is a scientifically controlled set of experiments developed by the United States department of agriculture (USDA) and Tufts University to assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The results of the ORAC test helps to standardize, quantify, and objectively compare different foods and beverages for their antioxidant potency.

Top antioxidant foods O.R.A.C. units per gram (umolete/g:)

Shade-grown Japanese Matcha green tea 1384.00
Prunes 57.70
Raisins 28.30
Blueberries 24.00
Blackberries 20.36
Kale 17.70
Strawberries 15.40
Spinach 12.60
Raspberries 12.20
Brussels sprouts 9.80
Plums 9.49
Alfalfa sprouts 9.30
Broccoli florets 8.90
Beets 8.40
Oranges 7.50
Red grapes 7.39
Red bell peppers 7.10
Cherries 6.70
Onions 4.50
Corn 4.00
Eggplants 3.90

Have you had your ORAC’s today?

Bon Appétit mon chéri!



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Sheryl Malin

I am a registered nurse, licensed acupuncturist, and firm believer that holistic medicine generates holistic health. I also believe that diet is the major factor that influences our health. Home grown in New Orleans, granddaughter of a butcher and grocer, I have always been immersed in good food. However, throughout the years I have seen the quality of food plummet while poor health issues in the United States continue to rise.
I realize that most people are too busy to keep up to date about the ever changing issues that affect the quality of our food, our diet, and our health. As an educator, I was compelled to write this blog. My hope is to better inform you about the food you consume and how to make better choices in order to live a healthier life. It’s all about you and the choices you make.
Bon Appétit

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