Antioxidants are one of the most popular nutrition buzzwords. And for good reasons: They fight signs of aging, inflammation, and they can even help with weight loss. But when it comes to antioxidants, certain foods—blueberries, pomegranates, and spices like cinnamon and turmeric—get all the glory. It's time for the unsung heroes in your diet to get the acclaim they deserve. Read on for the top 12 underappreciated antioxidant powerhouses.
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Mushrooms are a great low-calorie food (only 15 calories per cup) that also contain Vitamin D. Even though they're not deep red, purple, or blue (the colors we often associate with antioxidant-rich foods), mushrooms contain high levels of a unique antioxidant called ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant that some scientists say may be used to treat cancer and AIDs in the future. Ergothioneine is also the reason why mushroom extract is used in many skincare products.
Choose oyster mushrooms: They contain the highest levels of ergothioneine. This simple recipe for grilled oyster mushrooms is the perfect compliment to steak.