Foods with Vitamin E

Like many nutrients, instead of taking them in the form of a supplement, it's best to get our Vitamin E from foods.  This way we get all the other benefits that particular food has to offer, since happily Mother Nature loads each food with more than one beneficial ingredient! I thought this table might come in handy when you're shopping, or planning your meal to include Vitamin E.

Selected Food Sources of Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) mg per serving Percent DV*

 Wheat germ oil 1 Tbs.                20.31
Sunflower seeds- dry roasted 1 oz.


Almonds- dry roasted 1 oz.                6.834
Sunflower oil 1 Tbs.                5.628
Safflower oil 1 Tbs.                4.625
Hazelnuts - dry roasted 1 oz.                4.322
Peanut butter 2 Tbs.                2.915
Peanuts - dry roasted 1 oz.                2.211
corn oil 1 Tbs.                1.910
Olive oil 1 Tbs.                1.910
Spinach, boiled ½ c.                1.910
Broccoli, boiled chopped ½ c.                1.26
Soybean oil 1 Tbs.                1.16
Kiwifruit 1 medium                1.16
Mango -sliced ½ c.                0.74
Tomato - raw 1 medium                0.74
Spinach - raw 1 c.                0.63

Broccoli - Throwing out the Baby with the Bath Water

Broccoli, what a gift of a veggie. Its tightly packed florets are not only unique and pretty, they pack a healthy punch. The other night my boyfriend was in charge of preparing the Broccoli for steaming, and after separating the florets to my horror he was about to toss out the stems!  I must have shrieked, because he froze, holding the stalks in mid-air on his way to the garbage bin, not daring to do whatever it was that elicited that reaction.

Slowly his eyes met mine, and hoping to erase the look of horror on my face, tried to grin.

"You're NOT about to throw those out are you?" I asked.

"These?... Uh, no.. of course not." He slowly backed up to the cutting board.

"Good!' I went back to stirring the lentils.

From the corner of my eye, I watched as he placed them back on the board and twisted the knife around seemingly to slice the stems.

"You can peel them first, if you like," I hinted. "Bite size is good."

"Yeah," he looked relieved.

Stem Injustice!

I have often felt that we throw away much more than we should of the Veggies we prepare.  Stems seem to be thought of as unnecessary 'extras', when they are actually the conduit of foods to the parts we do eat... hence are likely to be filled with 'good stuff'.

I feel this way about greens, like Chard, Mustard Greens, Parsley, and Kale.  If the stem is woody, like Mint, then of course you wouldn't want to eat it.

Broccoli Benefits

On my list of the Anti-oxidant Capacity of Veggies, Fruit n' Spices, Broccoli was up there with about 1600 ORAC units per 1 cup serving.  (We're aiming for at least 6,500 units per day).

Broccoli  contains an anticancer phytochemical that increases the body’s ability to get rid of toxic substances linked to the development of cancer. It is also capable of inducing cancer cell death. A friend indeed!

This is a quick and tasty way to serve Broccoli:

Sesame Broccoli Recipe

  • 1 large organic Broccoli, broken into florets, stems peeled and chopped
  • Salt
  • 1/2 c toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 3 Tbs. Rice Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. organic Tamari Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. grated fresh Ginger
  • 2 tsp. Stevia (or organic Honey)

Steam or cook Broccoli in salted boiling water until crisp-tender. Drain thoroughly and hold under running cold water for 30 seconds, then drain again.

Let cool to room temp.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Shortly before serving, add broccoli and toss to mix well.

Good with Fish like Ginger Cod, and Brown Rice.

~ Sihk faahn!

The Antioxidant Capacity of Veggies, Fruits n' Spices

This table shows the anti-oxidant potency, ORAC (Oxygen radical absorbant-capacity) value of the listed foods.

An  intake of at least 8,500 ORAC is recommended, and yet most of us only get around 1,800 units per day.

>>  People with high oxidation levels (athletes, runners..) may need 10,000 units or more to maintain a healthy immune system.

Diet is the preferred way to increase your levels, as opposed to supplements, but most people don't seem able to fit 7 -8 servings of these fruits and vegetables a day.  That's why taking pharmaceutical-quality antioxidants is critical.  I can guide you in selecting trusted brands, and the top hitters.

Organic foods with deeper, darker colors have higher anti-oxidant levels.  Commercially raised, sprayed produce offers much less, and actually taxes your immune system.


The Antioxidant Capacity of Fruits and Vegetables


Blueberries 1 cup 3240
Cinnamon, ground ¼ tsp 2675
Pomegranate juice 5 ozs 2450
Pomegranate juice 5 ozs 2450
Blackberries 1 cup 2932
Strawberries 1 cup 2288
Figs ½ c. 2124
Oregano leaf, dried ¼ tsp. 2001
Prunes 4 pitted 1848
Pomegranate ½ pomegranate 1654
Turmeric ¼ tsp 1592
Raspberries 1 cup 1510
Brussels Sprouts 6 1236
Green Tea 1 teabag, steeped 5   mins 1200
Raisins ¼ cup 1019
Spinach, steamed ½ cup, cooked 1089
Kale ½ cup, cooked 1150
Oatbran 1/2 cup 992
Orange 1 982
Plum, dark purple 1 949
Cabbage, purple ½ cup 924
Cranberries ½ cup 831
Broccoli Florets ½ c. cooked 817
Parsley, dried ¼ tsp. 743
Beets ½ cup, cooked 715
Spinach, Raw 1 cup 678
Basil leaf, dried ¼ tsp 675
Cantaloupe ½ melon 670
Beans, baked ½ cup 640
Plum, red 1 626
Grapefruit, pink ½ 580
Pepper, Red 1 med. Pepper 540
Watermelon 1/16th,   10” diameter 501
Kiwi 1 458
Cherries 10 455
Asparagus 8 spears 900
Beans, Kidney ½ cup, cooked 400
Eggplant, with skin ½ cup, cooked 386
Onion ½ cup chopped 360
Corn ½ cup cooked 330
Yam or sweet potato ½ cup cooked 301
Pumpkin ½ cup mashed 301
Apple 1 medium 300
Peas, frozen ½ c. cooked 291
Ginger, ground ¼ tsp. 288
Banana 1 252
Applesauce ½ cup 250
Mango 1/2 cup 246
Potatoes ½ cup cooked 244
Cauliflower ½ cup cooked 234
Tomato 1 medium 233
Zucchini ½ cup, cooked 230
Pear 1 medium 222
Leaf Lettuce 10 leaves 200
Tofu ½ cup 195
Squash, yellow ½ cup, cooked 183
Grapes, red 10 177
Apricots 3 175
Carrots, cooked ½ cup 160
Tomato sauce ¼ cup 149
Avocado, Florida ½ 149
Peach 1 medium 137
Green beans ½ cup cooked 125
Melon, honeydew 1/10th 125
Lettuce, iceberg 5 large leaves 116
Carrots, raw ½ cup 115
Grapes, white 10 107
Cabbage, white ½ cup 105
Celery ½ cup, diced 60
Cucumber ½ cup, sliced 28

Healthy Stir-fried Veggies

The important thing about sauteing any foods is to keep the oil below burn point. Foods added to the oil should not 'sizzle' much.  You want to aim for 7 cups of vegetables a day (4c. cooked).  This recipe will yield 2-3 servings, more if you have a salad with your meal.

Hoda's Healthy Stir-fried Veggies

  • 1 inch piece of Ginger, chopped
  • 4 c. organic Broccoli, cut up
  • 4 stalks organic Celery, cut up
  • 1/2 White Onion, sliced thin
  • 6 organic Green Onions, cut in 1 inch pieces with green tops
  • 4 organic Carrots, cut up
  • 1 organic Baby Bok Choy, sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. Sesame oil mixed with 2 tsp. organic Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs. Tamari or Soy sauce (gluten-free)
  • 2 tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Stevia or 1 tsp. Xylitol
  • 2 tsp. Cornstarch mixed in 1/3 c. Water or Green Tea

Place a large saute pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Pour in the oil mixture. Wait another minute then add the ginger, stirring.

When it starts to wilt add all the veggies except the Bok Choy and garlic.  Stir for a 3 -4 minutes, then cover, turn heat to low, and cook for 5 more minutes.

Add Bok Choy and stir to mix.  Cover again for 2 minutes.  Add garlic and stir.

Mix wet ingredients and add to pan, mixing with veggies for 2 minutes until they are all coated and sauce has thickened.

~ Enjoy.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage (Organic)

  These are all members of the cruciferous vegetable family which are notable for their high amounts of glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are a class of compounds that work by releasing two anticancer compounds, isothiocyanates and indoles. These are the active compounds that prevent the activation of carcinogenic substances and are of critical importance in fighting the spread of disease. Broccoli contains an anticancer phytochemical that increases the body’s ability to get rid of toxic substances linked to the development of cancer. It is also capable of inducing cancer cell death.  It is also believed to reduce the occurrence, number, and size of certain tumors. The Indole 3-carbinol (I3C) in broccoli, plays a role in reducing cancer growth in  cancers which are estrogen dependent, like uterine, breast and cervical cancers.

It is always important to buy fresh organic vegetables. To preserve the integrity of their anticancer properties, veggies should be either lightly steamed or stir-fried over medium heat in a little oil mixed with water.