Antioxidants are chemicals that we ingest in foods that can prevent or slow down oxidative damage to our bodies. This oxidative damage results from our cells' use of oxygen and the resulting by-product called free radicals.
Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration result from oxidative damage due to free radicals.
A diet rich in antioxidants can therefore offset potential disease.
After making reference to this recipe in my first post, I thought I should pass it along. The salad is rich in the phytochemicals called flavonoids or polyphenols. These are the ones usually associated with dark red fruits, such as grapes. We have flavonoids to thank for the virtues extolled in red wine to counter heart disease.
Although it's quite simple, this salad is an uplifting and colorful treat to look at as well as taste. After all, we eat with our eyes before we eat with our mouths.
Simple & Luxurious Berry Salad
1 pint of blueberries, washed
1 pint of blackberries, washed
1 pomegranate's seeds
1 mango's flesh, cubed
5 peppermint leaves sliced into ribbons
zest of a lime
juice of a lime
pinch of fleur de sel
Toss ingredients and marvel at the rich, colorful beauty!