Move over acai — there’s a hot new superfood in town.
The aronia berry — a k a chokeberry — is now thought to be one of the most potent suppliers of cancer-fighting antioxidants in nature, according to a new study published in the De Gruyter’s journal Open Chemistry.
For decades, food scientists have repackaged “superfoods” like this into convenience foods and meal replacements, such as cereals, snack bars and oatmeal, to give consumers access to the world’s healthiest foods.
Unfortunately, many of these fruits and veggies don’t hold up to the high-temp manufacturing process — which robs them of most of their health benefits before we even eat them.
Chokeberries, however, may be our best source of these powerful nutrients thanks to the fruit’s unique strengths against extreme heat and oxidation, the near research finds.
“Due to the high levels of antioxidants in the aronia berry and its resistance to high temperatures during processing, the research highlights how important the aronia berry could be,” says study author Anna Oniszczuk, a scientist at the Medical University of Lublin in Poland.
Researchers analyzed the production of cornmeal porridge with chokeberries added, and found their antioxidant power did not degrade during production.
Native to North America, chokeberries are rich in flavonoids such as quercetin, which is said to stave off seasonal allergies and other diseases associated with inflammation.