Why Eat Well?
Here’s a list of healthy vegetables and what they can do for your health:
Beets: Not only does the dark purple pigment of beets make them a beautiful addition to any dinner plate, but it also has been shown to contain cancer fighting properties. Beets are particularly effective in decreasing colon cancer.
Garlic: As garlic is chopped, its health benefits are released along with a powerful aroma. So, the more garlic you smell, the more cancer-fighting properties are at work.
Onions: Vitamin C and other compounds in onions work together to fight against bacteria that cause colds and flu. Onions have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Kale: Just one cup of greens provides over 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. These nutrients work in the body to fight bacteria and support eye sight, blood clotting and bone maintenance.
Peas: These tiny green vegetables are packed with B vitamins necessary for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism. Basically, without these B vitamins, the body would not be able to breakdown and use the food we eat.
Sweet peppers: Peppers come in a variety of colors, which represent a wide variety of health benefits. Red peppers are especially high in vitamin C and beta carotene which fight infection and support vision, while green peppers are high in cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Hot peppers: While a runny nose may be frustrating while enjoying a spicy meal, hot peppers actually contain similar ingredients to decongestant cold medicines and are effective in relieving stuffiness.
Turnips: This veggie may not be a member of the dairy family, but it is full of calcium needed to support bone growth and heart function.
Cabbage: Red cabbage is packed with antioxidants shown to protect brain cells and decrease the instance of Alzheimer’s disease. While white cabbage is lower in these antioxidants, it has still been shown to fight against cancers and support a healthy digestive system.
Spinach: Believe it or not, there was a reason Popeye ate all that spinach. This leafy green vegetable is an excellent source of iron which is necessary for the transport of oxygen throughout the body. It is also a key player in the conversion of food to energy.
Tomatoes: This summer staple is an excellent source of potassium, which has been shown to lower high blood pressure, and is a good source of niacin, which lowers high cholesterol levels. Together, these and other nutrients protect the body against heart disease. There is also strong evidence that tomatoes help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Potatoes: This versatile vegetable is rich in vitamin B6 which is important for good brain and heart function, but is also important in athletics. B6 releases carbohydrates from storage in the body, providing energy for exercise.
Sweet Potatoes: This traditional Thanksgiving food is high in Vitamin A and C, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties making them useful in treating conditions such as asthma and arthritis.
Lettuce: Not just for rabbits, lettuce protects against heart attack and stroke. Vitamin C, beta carotene, and fiber found in lettuce work together to prevent dangerous build up of cholesterol in the arteries.
Carrots: Of all the orange vegetables which contain vitamin A, carrots are the best source. So, munch on carrots to boost vision and reduce heart disease.
Green Beans: This American favorite contains a powerful combination of vitamin C, A, and Zinc which work together to boost the immune system and fight off infection.
Winter Squash: This cool weather vegetable is especially high in anti-inflammatory Beta-carotene as well as cholesterol reducing fiber. Both work to prevent heart disease.
Cucumbers: No spa day is complete without cucumbers. Their high water content helps to hydrate skin while the ascorbic acid and caffeic acid help to reduce swollen eyes and sooth sunburn.
Asparagus: Certain kinds of bacteria in our digestive tract are actually beneficial. Asparagus contains a fiber called inulin that can not be digested, but that feeds these good bacteria, aiding in proper digestion.
Rhubarb: Upset stomach? The stalk of rhubarb has been shown decrease acid and settle the stomach. It is also useful in decreasing inflammation and lowering cholesterol.
Broccoli: Broccoli contains substances called phytonutirents which suppress tumor growth and protect against many types of cancer.
Eggplant: The purple skin of eggplant contains a powerful phytonutrient which protects brain cells, allowing them to function properly.