The Anti-Pollution Diet

Woman hands holding ripe red cranberries

London City Hall’s introduction of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), in central London on April 8, and the government announcing its UK Clean Air Strategy this year, mean that Londoners and UK city dwellers can improve their own defense to pollution by adopting a Low Pollution Diet.

What is the Anti-Pollution Diet?
An Anti-Pollution Diet is made up of foods that have a high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating, meaning they are high in antioxidants and can help to neutralise free radicals in the body.

Healthy breakfast with fruit

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Açaí berries have rich phytonutrient content and the highest ORAC value that’s twice as high as blueberries, making them the biggest buster of pollution’s effect on the body. Brits can fill up on Açaí berries with Sambazon Açaí, the UK’s only organic and Fairtrade Acai and Meghan Markle’s favourite for just £4 a pack (Açaí Blend-at-Home Superfruit Packs available in Ocado and Whole Foods Market) or pick up an Açaí bowl to-go from Whole Foods and Crussh from the juice bar)

Sambazon Original Blend Superfruit Pack

Sambazon Original Blend Superfruit Pack



close-up photo of woman's hands collecting blueberries

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Top ten foods to beat pollution

  1. Acai berry
  2. Dark chocolate
  3. Pecans
  4. Elderberries
  5. Wild blueberries
  6. Artichoke
  7. Cranberries
  8. Kidney beans
  9. Blackberries
  10. Coriander
Legumes: Dry beans collection

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Recommendations suggest you should try to consume at least 3/4 servings of these high antioxidant foods daily for optimal health.

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!