Researchers meet to create new standard
Are the antioxidants in a bowl of blueberries stronger than those
found in a plate of broccoli? Today, there's no real standard
for measuring and describing the levels of antioxidants found
in vitamins or foods, but researchers are working on a way to
standardize both the measurements and the claims. If you enjoy
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An international gathering of researchers from 19 countries has
agreed for the first time to establish uniform measurement standards
- The decision could ultimately produce more reliable data for
consumers, who face misleading claims about the amount and effect
of these disease-fighting compounds in their food, health and
beauty products, the researchers say.
The historic three-day meeting, the First International Congress
on Antioxidant Methods, was held June 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.
The 144 scientists and experts from industry, academia and government
who attended the meeting discussed the latest claims in antioxidant
research and identified methods used to make these claims.
Finley estimates that there are currently between 25 and 100 different
methods used to measure antioxidants.