ORAC Values of Fruits and Vegetables

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ORAC values refer to the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of a food, as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA). By testing the ability of foods and other compounds to subdue oxygen free radicals, the DOA was able to determine each compound's antioxidant capability. The ORAC values in the following chart reflect these findings.

Prunes 5,770 Kale 1,770
Raisins 2,830 Spinach, raw 1,260
Blueberries 2,400 Brussels sprouts 980
Blackberries 2,036 Alfalfa sprouts 930
Cranberries 1,750 Spinach, steamed 909
Strawberries 1,540 Broccoli florets 890
Pomegranates 1,245 Beets 841
Raspberries 1,220 Red bell pepper 713
Plums 949 Onion 450
Oranges 750 Corn 400
Grapes, red 739 Eggplant 390
Cherries 670 Cauliflower 377
Kiwifruit 602 Peas, frozen 364
Grapes, white 446 White potatoes 313
Cantaloupe 252 Sweet potatoes 301
Banana 221 Carrots 207
Apple 218 String beans 201
Apricots 164 Tomato 189
Peach 158 Zucchini 176
Pear 134 Yellow Squash 150

Source: Agriculture Research, February 1999

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