Claims about the supposed health benefits of antioxidants are among the most popular food and supplement label claims, and particularly in marketing for so-called “superfoods.”
Headlines bleat almost continuously about the antioxidant content of everything from strawberries and cranberries to coffee, chocolate and wine. But what do we really know about the health impacts of foods and beverages rich in these heroic compounds? And what are we to make of their ability to fight nefarious-sounding free radicals? I am here for you.