Vegetables are a crucial part of our diets, providing us with nutrients that meat doesn't always have. Everyone should eat a little green every day! There are so many different ways to prepare vegetables that even the most picky eaters can find a favorite way to eat them. With these 15 reasons to eat more vegetables, you will be motivated to make your meals healthier for your body!
-Eating a diet rich in vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
-Eating a diet rich in some vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet can protect against certain types of cancer.
- Diets rich in foods that contain fiber, such as some vegetables, reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Consuming foods such as vegetables that are low in calories per cup instead of some other high calorie food may be helpful in helping to reduce calorie intake. Vegetables are a "free food" with a very low calorie density, so you can eat almost unlimited amounts while burning fat after a workout.
-Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and none have cholesterol. (Sauces or condiments can add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
-Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, such as potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid (folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin C.
-Vegetables rich in potassium can help maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (pasta, sauce, and juice), beets, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and beans.
-Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps lower blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease.
-The fiber in vegetables is also important for proper bowel function. Helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis.
-The folate in greens (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women who may become pregnant should get adequate folate from food and 400mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
-The vitamin A found in vegetables keeps your eyes and skin healthy and helps protect against infections.
-The vitamin C found in vegetables helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C helps the absorption of iron.
-Nutritive foods rich in fiber, such as vegetables, help displace energy-dense choices and increase satiety (the feeling of fullness). All fruits and vegetables contain fiber.
-Many of the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables are antioxidants. Increasing evidence suggests that LDL ("bad") cholesterol damages arteries only when it has oxidized (combined with oxygen). That is why researchers believe that antioxidants like vitamin E can protect the heart.
-The energy in vegetables is in the form of complex carbohydrates. These take a while to digest and don't cause the high and low blood sugar levels that sugars do. An exception to this rule is the sugar in beets or corn. (These sugars have a high glycemic index and trigger the insulin cycle.)