You’ve likely heard how important antioxidants are for your health. These cellular protectors guard against oxidative damage caused by free radicals that contribute to aging, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
And the best measure of a food’s antioxidant power is called the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). Foods with a higher ORAC score have a greater ability to protect against disease and slow the aging process.
Researchers at the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory measured the ORAC of various foods. Raw broccoli, for example, has an ORAC score of 1,362. That’s pretty good, but not nearly as high as blueberries. With a score of 6,552, blueberries rank near the top of all fruits and vegetables.
But even blueberries can’t hold a candle to cocoa. With an ORAC score of 80,933 the antioxidant power of raw cocoa powder is simply off the charts!