This is good news for coffee-lovers.
In its report entitled "Another Coffee Perk: Antioxidants", HealthCentral.com says:
By measuring the amount of antioxidants contained in the most common foods and beverages, and comparing them to U.S. government data on food consumption, researchers found that coffee far outpaced any other beverage or food as the main source of antioxidants in the American diet.
... [T]he average American received more than four times the amount of antioxidants from coffee daily than from black tea, which was second on the list. Bananas, dry beans and corn were the top three foods on the list.
However, Joe Vinson, the University of Scranton chemist who presented the results of his analysis yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Washington, DC, was also quoted in the report as saying that coffee has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
So the recommendation in mainstream health circles to rely more on fruits and vegetables for antioxidants still seems to be the more prudent one.