The Breakdown

The Breakdown: Antioxidants

The Breakdown: Antioxidants

It seems that television news broadcasts are constantly advertising a new antioxidant-rich "superfood".  They tout the cancer prevention values of antioxidants as if it's a miracle.  It's no wonder that cancer prevention is a hot topic in the news. About 25% of deaths in the United States are caused by various forms of cancer.  But for all of the talk about antioxidants, I for one, was clueless about what they actually do. What are antioxidants?  How do they help prevent cancer?

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The Breakdown

Enter the supermarket and enter a place full of uncertainty and pitfalls.  Claims of low fat, and reduced sodium pop out from the packed aisles in every color and shade.  The 50% off sale on Cheetos vies for your attention.  Economy size bags of neon candies scream out, "Buy me!"  But you just went in there to find something good to eat.  Traditionally we deal with this by picking up a package and reading the back.  Nutrition facts can help inform our choice, but they don't show the whole picture.  Fat from a grass-fed cow has vastly different nutritional value than fat from a corn-fed cow.  In the nutrition facts, fat is fat, so there is no noticeable difference in nutrition value of 90% lean ground beef from either type of cow.  When we look closer, we find that the chemical composition of the fat in each cow is where difference lies. 

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