Researchers presented data yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society showing coffee to be the single largest contributor of antioxidants in the American diet.

“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close,” says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the university. Although fruits and vegetables are generally promoted as good sources of antioxidants, the new finding is surprising because it represents the first time that coffee has been shown to be the primary source from which most Americans get their antioxidants, Vinson says. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, he adds.

As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer mine in the form of Café Americano. You can get Café Americano at any of the coffee places around or you can make your own. With espresso-based drinks you get all the antioxidant and other health benefits, a much richer taste, and about half the caffeine of regular coffee.

One Comment

  1. This also proves how woefully few fruits/vegetables Americans eat!
    True! At least if you don’t count French fries and ketchup as vegetables. 

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