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Eat Your Vegetables … No Really

by Bethaney Wallace on Jun 15, 2012

Whether or not you’re a lover of all things green (and red, and yellow, and purple for that matter),these foods are an important part of keeping a balanced diet. Yes, you’ve heard this statement before: “Vegetables are healthy; be sure to get three to five servings per day,” but what about the science behind those statements? Did you ever stop to think why humans are to consume so many brightly-colored foods?

First off, let’s start with the colors. Despite adulthood, some still can’t get past the pure green nature of certain vegetables. Items like lettuce, kale, broccoli, and celery all contain some serious green pigments. However, the greener – or in other cases, the brighter their respective color – the healthier the plant. While chlorophyll is what makes these plants green, the color is also where vitamins and health benefits are hidden. Consuming these veggies while fresh or recently cooked allows your bodies to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. Whether or not salad is a food of choice, incorporating these items is important to everyday nutrition.

Vegetables also offer:

  • Healthy bone density. Eating a regular helping of veggies daily has been shown to positively affect bone health. Research has shown that adults who regularly ate veggies during their childhood had much higher bone densities than those who did not.
  • A fight against heart disease. Leafy vegetables, and vitamin C-rich produces have shown to prevent or help fight the onset of heart diseases, including coronary heart disease. Ensure the best possible health benefits by eating greens on a regular basis.
  • Reduction in Type 2 diabetes stats. Although fruits have been shown to up health factors, the reduction of Type 2 diabetes lies with leafy, green veggies alone. Incorporating them into one’s diet can lower risk for the disease, as shown by several university studies.
  • The ability prolong your life. According to the World Health Organization, incorporating a regular intake of 400 grams of veggies* (and fruits) daily could save 2.7 million lives per year. This takes into account deaths by heart disease, malnutrition, and vitamin deficiencies.

Vegetables are also a great source of one’s daily source of nutrients. Eat them for fiber to help regulate your digestive system. Veggies also provide ample amounts of antioxidants, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C. Incorporating veggies regularly can also help reduce caloric intake, lower cholesterol – all without adding fats, calories, or sugar into the mix.

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*Excluding potatoes