Thursday, 27 March 2014

Antioxidants in Rhubarb

We eat the rich ruby red stalks of Rhubarb


There are some fruit and vegetables that are extra good for us. I am going to share with you what some information about the ones that I eat regularly. They have some of the highest levels of antioxidant.

These are rhubarb, prunes, goji berries, and dark grape juice. I will share with you how I make a lovely fruit compote to have with my breakfast each day. Then I will share with you how I make quinoa porridge with fruit compote and the benefits of all these. 

 Rhubarb has the least calories of all the vegetables. Vegetable you say? Well, rhubarb is not a fruit. It does not have any berries that we eat. We eat the stalk of the plant. If you grow rhubarb remember NOT to eat the leaves as they are poisonous. Only eat the stems.

If you are buying the stalks in the supermarket, choose the ones that have the most red on them. They are better for you having more antioxidants in them than the green stalks. Also when buying a plant to grow – it is very easy to grow – choose a variety that has the most ruby red stalks.

Back to the calories in rhubarb – it has only 21 calories in 100gr of fresh ruby red stem and contains loads of valuable fibre.

Vitamin B

The stalks are rich in B complex vitamins. Rhubarb contains a compound that converts to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which is good for the skin, mucous membranes and our vision.


Rhubarb also contains  Vitamin K which is a recognized benefit for Alzheimer’s disease. Minerals have not been forgotten in this plant and it contains many major minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

I am going to share with you what I know about a few more fruit that are very high in antioxidants. The more antioxidants we ingest the better for our health.

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