How super are superfruits? Additional Information

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Power Words

antioxidant A chemical that inhibits reactions triggered by oxygen and other oxidants.

exotic Things that are not native to or do not naturally occur in an area in which they’re found, seen, or sold.

free radical An atom or group of atoms (such as a molecular fragment) that has at least one unpaired electron and that tries to steal a replacement electron from an adjacent atom or molecule. The theft of an electron by the first free radical can make a free radical of the victim, in turn creating a cascade of electron thefts. When this cascade of events happens in the body, it can damage or destroy a cell.

fruit This is the reproductive portion of a plant, usually containing a sweet and edible fleshy pulp surrounding seeds.

oxidant An atom or group of atoms that can steal one or more electrons from some adjacent atom, ion, or molecule.

phytochemical A chemical produced naturally by plants.

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