Vegetables are not always our favorite food to devour on, but they should be!
Vegetables carry a variety of vitamins that we need in order to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Eat your greens” is phrase that has been said to us since we were just babies, I’m sure that you are all tired of hearing. But believe me, the truth is that most of us still tend to eat them less often than we should. A study that was conducted in 2009, shockingly found that fewer than 10% of Americans eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. It is vital to build a habit to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily; as they will prove to be beneficial in ways you never thought were possible.
Here is a list of a few vegetables and the benefits they contain:
Avocados: Its true avocados do contain a lot of fat, but it’s the good type of fat, the one that is the cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated kind that nutritionists love. They are rich in vitamin E and they contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that protects eye health
Kale: Contains vision and immune boosting vitamin A, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and also has bone boosting vitamin K, all these vitamins help it fight cancer, just another reason why we should eat even more of it.
Brussels Sprouts: Contains vitamins A and C, a birth defect fighting folate and blood pressure balancing potassium.
Edamame: Contains a good healthy source of protein especially for vegetarians. When eaten instead of fatty meat, it may lower cholesterol by reducing saturated fat intake.
Green Beans: Are loaded with fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making them especially beneficial for people with diabetes.
Asparagus: contains vitamins K,C,A, and folate. It is famous for a healthy dose of inulin, which, promotes digestive health and is high in fibre. Asparagus also contain an amino acid called asparagine, which helps cleanse the body of waste.
By Dania Shoukry