A Better Breakfast

“A Better Breakfast” According to this study, by far the most
comprehensive of its kind in history, there are only three whole foods on
the planet that have more antioxidant power than cloves. One of them is amla —
dried Indian gooseberries. Now, not only is it more powerful,
but also more palatable. You could add a whole teaspoon of
amla to a smoothie, and probably wouldn’t even taste it. Try doing that with a teaspoon
of powdered cloves. One sip; you’d be on the floor! Let’s look at the antioxidant
content of some typical American breakfast foods: bacon
[7] and eggs [+8], for example. A bowl of corn flakes [25]
with milk [+9]. Egg McMuffin [16]. Pancakes [16] with maple syrup [+9]. Bagel [24] with cream cheese [+2]. Compare those to the smoothie
I had this morning. A cup of unsweetened soymilk [16], a half
a cup of frozen blueberries [+535]. Whoa! Alright? Already, I’ve got to shrink
the scale way down. The pulp of a nice ripe
Mexican mango [+124]. Note the mango alone has more
antioxidants than the other breakfasts. A tablespoon of ground flax seeds,
and my previous secret ingredient, a palmful of bulk white tea
leaves [+101] — just throw them in there and blend them in. Now, that used to be my breakfast
smoothie, but now, a teaspoon of that gooseberry powder [+782],
and we’re off the charts again. Look at it. That’s about four cents’ worth of amla
— four pennies — and look what it does to my smoothie. 1,500 units of antioxidant power,
and I haven’t even fully woken up yet! Way more than the five
other meals combined. In fact, more than the average
person gets in an entire week. I could drink my smoothie and
eat nothing but donuts the rest of the week, and most people
still wouldn’t catch up. Notice, though, that even though I packed
the blender with amazing stuff — blueberries, tea leaves — fully half
of the antioxidant power came from that single teaspoon, that four cents’
worth of powdered gooseberries.