Most often, Southern culinary creations are anything but healthy. It’s very difficult to choose fruits and vegetables over country-fried steak, buttermilk biscuits, hushpuppies, and barbecue. But, selecting antioxidant-rich foods can actually lead to a healthier heart, a better-functioning immune system, and anti-aging effects. Our friends at Coinage have compiled a list of seven inexpensive foods that are also rich in antioxidants. Granny Smith and Red Delicious are two of the most recommended apples for high antioxidant levels, and they only cost about $1 per pound. Kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans are also packed with antioxidants; an ounce of dried beans only costs about 15 cents. Looking for a valid reason to drink more coffee? The delicious beverage has tons of disease-fighting antioxidants; of course, it’s always healthier if you enjoy it black. However, if you don’t like coffee, another great beverage option is green tea. The leaves contain several positive health benefits. The small and juicy snack known as the tart cranberry can cost as low as 30 cents per ounce, and also has some important health benefits. Black rice is a great dietary choice because it’s full of fiber, and it may help fight cancer and heart disease. Lastly, sweet potatoes are both tasty and good for you, and the nutritious side dish only costs about $2 per pound.

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