An article in Agricultural Research, a US government publication, points out the importance of consuming antioxidants with every meal.
In the process of breaking down and metabolizing food, our bodies generate a lot of free radicals. “And without any antioxidants present, like those from colorful fruits and vegetables, for instance, there’s nothing to counteract this detrimental effect,” says Ronald Prior, a chemist at USDA’s Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center in Little Rock.
Antioxidants can almost be viewed as an antidote to the body’s problematic, not-100-percent-effective, energy-processing system.
Peabody, Erin. “A daily dose of antioxidants?(Providing the Foundation for Healthy Food Choices).” Agricultural Research. U.S. Government Printing Office. 2008.