Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ...Hippocrates
Cereal grains are good sources of antioxidants. Most of the antioxidants in cereal grains are contained in the bran and germ. For instance, for the cereal products in the table below, whole-grain-wheat- and oat-based products had on average higher antioxidant content than products from refined rice or corn ingredients. Regardless, all breakfast cereals are good sources of antioxidants, comparable to common fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidant Content of Breakfast Cereals
|Antioxidant Sources||Antioxidant Content (µmoles TE/100 grams)|
|Crispy Wheaties ’N Raisins®2||3500|
|Raisin Nut Bran®||3100|
|Whole Grain Total®2||2800|
|Apple Cinnamon Cheerios®||2700|
|Honey Nut Cheerios®||2200|
|Oatmeal Crisp/Apple Cinnamon®2||2200|
|Country Corn Flakes®||2000|
All products were about one month old when analyzed. All the products are General Mills brand. TE = Trolox Equivalents.
2 Whole grain product.
Harold E. Miller, Fred Rigelhof, Leonard Marquart, Aruna Prakash, and Mitch Kanter. 2000. Antioxidant Content of Whole Grain Breakfast Cereals, Fruits and Vegetables. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 19, No. 90003, 312S-319S.