We’ve all heard about the healing power of antioxidants, and blueberries are at the top of the list. But there’s a certain fruit group that may be giving blueberries a run for their money. It’s in season right now, and these tasty treats tend be much less expensive than antioxidant-superstar blueberries.
Stone fruits — specifically, certain varieties of plums and peaches — may have antioxidant levels on par with those of the nutrient-packed berries.
A recent study showed that red-fleshed plums and red-fleshed peaches generally contained equal-to-blueberry levels of phenolics and anthocyanins, two major disease-fighting antioxidants. Yellow and white peaches and nectarines, on the other hand, did not quite match up.
According to the Oprah doctors Oz and Roizen, lab tests show that antioxidants in certain peach and plum varieties may inhibit the growth breast cancer cells and certain varieties of plums, peaches, and nectarines can reduce LDL or bad cholesterol.