Go the Extra
YOU PROBABLY HEAR A LOT OF DIFFERENT ADVICE ON WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT from parents, doctors, teachers, and coaches. But everyone seems to agree that eating fruits and vegetables is a healthy choice. One of the reasons is a class of chemicals called antioxidants, which remove potentially damaging compounds present in our bodies.
By Andrew Porterfield
Reactive oxygen species are produced not
only in plants but also in our bodies, as part
of our metabolism. When we eat, breathe,
and exercise, we produce reactive oxygen
species—an unavoidable result of turning
food into energy. An
essential part of this
process involves “burning” the
of reactive oxygen species.