What are Antioxidants?

Naturally occurring antioxidants in food is what Silver Palate ® GRAIN BERRY® is all about. Our line of cereals, baking mixes and crackers (with more to come) contain more natural antioxidants from grain than most other foods. We express antioxidant content as the USDA does – namely, as ORAC level. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The term is used to express the antioxidant potential of foods. If you check the ORAC report by the USDA, it explains antioxidants as substances in food that significantly reduce the adverse effects of reactive species such as reactive oxygen. Antioxidants slow down the oxidation process. The development of various chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease may be attributed to oxidative stress. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are considered to be an excellent source of antioxidants. Whole grains and bran can also be rich sources of antioxidants. The bran used by Grain Berry is high in ORAC level, even higher than many fruits and vegetables.