Antioxidants and ORAC

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Learn more about ORAC scores, antioxidants, anthocyanins, and the studies being done on the benefits of purple vegetables, including purple corn.
 
ORAC Scores
A simple explanation of ORAC scores:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-orac-score.htm

From the USDA: A comprehensive guide about how ORAC scores are calculated and a listing of ORAC scores for various foods:
http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf

Antioxidants
The National Cancer Institute explains how antioxidants work:
http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary?cdrid=43997
 
An article from WebMD with an in-depth look at how antioxidants protect your body from free radicals:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-antioxidants-work1
 

Anthocyanins
Taylor C. Wallace explains anthocyanins like this: "Anthocyanins are a group of abundant and widely consumed flavonoid constituents that occur ubiquitously in the plant kingdom, providing the bright red-orange to blue-violet colors present in many fruit- and vegetable-based food products. Their intake has been estimated to be up to 9-fold higher than that of other dietary flavonoids."

 
The Power of Purple Foods
 From Kansas State University, a press release from February, 2011 on the power of purple food:
http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/feb11/purplefood20911.html
 
Dr. Oz gives you his take on the power of purple foods in this article from his website:
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/power-purple-foods
 
James Joseph, a neuroscientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and co-author of The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health has stated “If I could only eat one color per day, it would be purple.”
http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Discover-the-power-of-purple-produce-1744873.php

Fiber:
Natural Products Insider article on the types of fiber and their benefits:
Strengthening Natural Products with Fiber