Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who are you? Do you represent some kind of company or laboratory?

We do not represent a company or a laboratory – we are simply a group of individuals with an interest in antioxidants and health who operate this website together as a hobby.

Can you tell me the ORAC value of XYZ? Why isn’t XYZ food listed on your website?

As we do not do any testing ourselves, we only list ORAC values that have been backed by peer-reviewed scientific publications. We will not add a food or supplement to this website based on manufacturers’ claims. If you are interested in getting your product’s ORAC score tested, you may want to contact Brunswick Laboratories.

What are the sources for your data?

The source of each ORAC score is listed on each individual food’s page. Unless otherwise noted, you can assume that it came from the following USDA publication: Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2 (2010).

I want to compare apples to apples. What amount of food is the ORAC score based on?

The ORAC values listed are based on the laboratory measure of ORAC, expressed in micromoles of Trolox Equivalents per 100 grams of sample. This is important to consider when comparing something like a ground spice to say, a raw fruit. 100 grams of ground spice is likely to be much denser in organic compounds, and therefore have a higher ORAC value than 100 grams of a raw fruit, which would be made up of mostly water weight. However, you would find it difficult and possibly dangerous to ingest large quantities of spices, so it makes sense to eat a wide variety of antioxidant-rich foods – not just the ones at the top of the list.