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All About Antioxidants

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which fruit has the highest amount of antioxidants?

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The correct answer is: Acai berries have the most antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables. In fact, the freeze-dried berry has 30 times the disease-arresting anthocyanins of red grapes.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which food provides most of the antioxidants in people's diets?

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The correct answer is: We get most of our antioxidants from potatoes. That's not because they are incredibly high in antioxidants or even really all that nutritious. Instead, it's because we eat so many of them.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which vegetable is highest in antioxidants?

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The correct answer is: The artichoke is the most antioxidant-rich vegetable, thanks to its high levels of fiber and folate.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a type of antioxidant that can protect against cognitive decline?

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The correct answer is: Eating foods rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, may be one of the best defenses against cognitive decline. Research suggests people who consume the most flavonoids perform best throughout a 10-year period on tests of verbal fluency, logical reasoning and visual memory.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is a good source of flavonoids?

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The correct answer is: Berries—and all fruit—are good sources of flavonoids. According to RealAge, getting 31 milligrams of flavonoids a day can make your RealAge 3.2 years younger. That's not an impossibly high number -- you'll just need to include a wide variety of fruit and veggies in your diet.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods is high in phenolics, a type of antioxidant that can help lower cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: Apples, which are rich in a type of antioxidant called phenols, may help lower bad cholesterol. Phenols make the fats circulating in your blood more stable, so they're less likely to oxidize, stick to the walls of your arteries and cause a dangerous blockage. Phenols are praised for their ability to fight disease, bolster artery function and inhibit cancer growth

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Our bodies absorb less than five percent of the phenolics they get from food.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As great as phenols are, they don't always get from the mouth to the bloodstream. Our bodies absorb less than five percent of the phenolics we eat from foods. That's why eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies is so important—the more you eat, the more you're likely to absorb.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Where do the majority of fruits and vegetables hold their antioxidants?

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The correct answer is: Most fruits and vegetables hold their antioxidants in their skins. So don't peel that apple before slicing it into wedges -- eat the whole thing.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these vegetables is high in disease-fighting phenols?

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The correct answer is: Phenols are found in all of these veggies. Broccoli and bell peppers are also rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, and beets are full of blood-pressure-friendly potassium.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods contains the type of antioxidant that may protect against the flu virus?

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The correct answer is: Quercetin, a type of antioxidant that may help fight the flu, is found in all three of these foods. Research has only been done in animals so far, but if the same results hold true for humans, eating quercetin-rich broccoli, red onions and apples may be your friend come next flu season.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Orange juice has too much acid to provide any health benefits.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Orange juice is rich in the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin. This powerful antioxidant may reduce the risk of polyarthritis -- a joint condition most often triggered by the autoimmune system.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these juices may lower blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: Grape juice is chock full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure levels. One study found that when hypertensive men drank two 16-ounce servings of Concord grape juice each day in an 8-week period, they had a significant drop in their blood pressure compared with the placebo group.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Whole grains do not contain antioxidants.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Whole grains that still contain their bran -- the outer layer of the grain seed -- are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins and minerals that are lost when the grain is processed. Whole grains that still have their bran include brown rice, oatmeal, amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: The healthy benefits of antioxidants only come from fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The correct answer is: This is false. One study showed, for example, that freeze-dried black raspberries contained even more cancer-fighting anthocyanins than fresh berries. And freeze-dried fruits can be kept in the freezer for up to a year.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these berries, when freeze-dried, contains more antioxidants than fresh berries?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries have high levels of anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant that can help prevent cancer. That's because berries are made up mostly of water -- when they are dehydrated, as occurs during the freeze-drying process, the nutrients become more concentrated.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these fruits can prevent kidney cancer?

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The correct answer is: Bananas are rich in phenolic compounds -- a type of antioxidant that research suggests may be able to prevent renal cancer.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How many bananas do you need to eat in a week to reap their cancer-prevention benefits?

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The correct answer is: Eating four bananas per week can cut your risk of kidney cancer in half.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which color of carrots has the most antioxidants?

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The correct answer is: Purple carrots have more antioxidants than orange, yellow, red and white varieties. In fact, purple carrots have 10 times more phenols than other carrot varieties.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods may help curb belly fat?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These foods are rich in catechins, flavonols and flavones, types of antioxidants that have been shown to help curb belly bulge by improving the body's metabolic profile. Other sources of these antioxidants include pears, tea, broad beans, leeks and sweet peppers. And according to our colleagues at RealAge, maintaining your weight and body mass index at a desirable level can make your RealAge as much as 6 years younger.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Only women will experience a waistline benefit from catechins, flavonols and flavones.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Only women seem to experience any waistline reduction from eating foods rich in catechins, flavonols and flavones. But don't be discouraged, men -- these fruits and veggies are a great low-calorie addition to any diet and can help those who are weight-conscious reach their goals.

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