Vegetables…what’s not to love? They are fresh, crunchy and full of juice. Each vegetable tastes different from the last; some are sweet, some are mild, some are spicy…the list goes on. I’ve always preferred vegetables over fruit, they are just so delicious! When I was a girl, my family had a large garden which we would tend regularly. It was there that I learned to love vegetables. I was introduced to squash that I didn’t know existed and tomato varieties that went from sugary sweet to butter smooth. I didn’t realize as a kid the entire benefits of eating vegetables, but I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to grow and cultivate them.
Vitamins, we all know vegetables are packed with them as taught to us by our mothers. Different veggies have different vitamins which can sometimes be identified by their color.
Red, blue and purple vegetables often offer antioxidants which lower your risk for heart disease and limit damage done by free radicals. You can find vitamins A, C, potassium and folate (vitamin B) in these vegetables.
Orange and yellow vegetables get their coloring from carotenoids. These substances are thought to strengthen your immune system, lower your risk for heart disease and improve your vision.
Green vegetables contain vitamins A, C and K. Folate can also be found in green vegetables. They are also rich in fiber which aids in weight loss.
These are just some of the things you can find in vegetables, the benefits are far too many to list here but a little research will teach you quite a bit more about them. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, water cress and many more) are known to lower your risk of cancer while cleaning your liver.
If you are like me and love the feeling of fullness after a meal, vegetables will help you get there. Fill your plate and thus your stomach full of vegetables and gain very few calories while doing it! You will also feel very satisfied for a long time from all the fiber found in them.
Check out this link to see the calorie count in your favorite vegetables:
Eating vegetables raw will keep all the enzymes alive in them. This will aid in nutrient absorption during digestion. Try them with your favorite dip if you don’t like them plain. Look into new recipes for vegetables and check out ways to hide them in your favorite foods if you don’t care for them.
Whatever you do, try to eat more so you can cash in on their abundant health benefits!
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