By Tricia Drevets – Off The Grid News
Did your mother always tell you to eat your vegetables? Well, it might have felt like a punishment when you were a kid, but your mom was looking out for you. The more we know about nutrition, the more we know about the benefits of eating a diet that is rich in vegetables.
The Harvard School of Public Health, which recommends nine servings of vegetables and fruits each day, says that eating vegetables can reduce blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent certain types of cancer, reduce eye and digestive problems and keep the appetite in check.
When you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, you give your body the mixture of nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Many vegetables are high in potassium, which is important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Vegetables also contain essential vitamins, such as C and A, that help keep eyes, skin, teeth and gums healthy and to fight infection. The antioxidants in vegetables promote cellular renewal and help prevent a host of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Naturally low in fat and calories, vegetables can be a dieter’s best friend. The fiber in vegetables helps you feel fuller longer, and when you substitute vegetables for other higher-calorie, less-nutritious food, you will find weight management to be easier.
But not all vegetables are created equal; some are more nutritious than others. When selecting vegetables, brightly colored vegetables generally pack a bigger nutritional punch than lighter colored varieties. Iceberg lettuce, which is light green, pales in comparison with the nutrition of its darker cousin, romaine lettuce, for instance. To help you make great choices for your garden and for your table, here is our list of top 10 healthiest vegetables.
1. Kale. Kale is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame with foodies, but healthy eaters have enjoyed kale for centuries. Easy to grow and tolerant of frost, kale adds taste and texture to soups and salads, and it is packed with nutrients, including calcium and Vitamins A, C, K and B6.
2. Broccoli. Kale’s cruciferous cousin, broccoli, is a great choice for its fiber content and for its polyphenols, which have been linked with the prevention of certain cancers and degenerative diseases. Broccoli also is packed with beta-carotene, vitamins C and K and with folate.
3. Spinach. If you haven’t had a spinach salad in a while, it’s time to treat yourself. Spinach is a powerhouse package of…Continue Reading the list and this article here at Off The Grid News: The 10 Most Nutrient-Dense Vegetables You Can Grow