Chocolate: A true superfood

Some exciting statistics on OREC values for superfoods.

The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.

ORAC scores for the Top 10 Antioxidant Foods (per 100 grams):

1) Raw cocoa powder* 95,500
1) Raw cacao nibs* 62,100
2) Roasted cocoa powder 26,000
3) Goji Berries* 25,300
4) Acai Berries* 18,500
5) Dark Chocolate 13,120
6) Prunes 5,770
7) Raisins 2,830
8) Blueberries 2,400
9) Blackberries 2,036
10) Kale 1,770
Source: US department of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society
*Brunswick Laboratories MA, USA

I have no idea how that little smiley face replaced the number 8 on the list. If I had intentionally used it you know it would have gone next to number five.


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