Vegetables. Your Mom Knew What She Was Talking About

by Wendy on December 23, 2014

Chances are, your mother hounded you for a good portion of your childhood to eat your vegetables. At the time, they were kind of gross. Of course we would’ve rather had some sweet or salty snacks to satisfy our taste buds!

 

But obviously your mom knew best, because they contain dozens of important nutrients and have loads of dietary fiber. And just by getting your daily quota of five to nine servings, you help build your body’s immunity to things like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Vegetables are most healthy eaten raw, because many nutrients are lost during cooking. But steaming in a covered pan can keep all that important stuff going straight to your mouth. So, what are the healthiest veggies you should be eating to boost your disease-fighting potential?

 

Spinach

This chlorophyll-packed type of produce is an excellent source of almost every vitamin and nutrient you need. A diet heavy in spinach may be able to prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, and arthritis to osteoporosis.

 

Bell Peppers

Whether you prefer red, orange or yellow, bell peppers are packed with dozens of heart-healthy nutrients like lycopene and folic acid. And recent research suggests digging into a pepper every day may lower your risk of developing lung, colon, bladder and pancreatic cancers.

 

Eggplant

High in heart healthy nutrients, eggplants are rich in antioxidants like nasunin (a unique compound that protects your brain cells from damage). And because eggplants are loaded with fiber and potassium, it’s believed that they may reduce your risk of stroke and dementia.

 

Squash

A good source of anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, squash, especially summer squash, can help treat dozens of conditions including asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Squash is also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber.

 

Carrots

These orange-wonders are loaded with eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They’re also the richest vegetable source of some important antioxidants, like vitamin A. And because they’re rich in vitamin C, carrots protect your cardiovascular system from damage.

 

Onions

These pungent smelling veggies are particularly good for people suffering from (or at risk of developing) osteoporosis. That’s because onions are loaded with a peptide called GPCS which scientists believe slows your body’s loss of calcium. Onions may also be useful in the fight against heart disease and diabetes because they’re loaded with vitamin C and folate.

 

Sweet potato

This root vegetable has dozens of anti-cancer nutrients like vitamin A, C and manganese. They’re also a good source of fiber and iron, so not only do they give you energy, they can also help regulate your digestive system.

 

Brussels sprouts

These little green veggies are especially important for pregnant woman because they’re packed with folic acid, a B-vitamin that prevents neural tube defects. Brussels sprouts are also packed with vitamins C and K as well as fiber, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Broccoli

Few foods measure up to the disease-fighting potential of broccoli. This cruciferous veg is packed with antioxidants that help reduce the risk of stomach, lung and rectal cancers. And because broccoli is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate, it is also good at boosting your immunity to colds and flus.

 

Tomatoes

Though technically a fruit, tomatoes are most often served like a vegetable. Full of lycopene, these beautiful red veggies (and all tomato-based products) are renowned for their cancer-fighting capabilities. Not only are they full of vitamin goodness (from vitamins A to K), they also keep our blood pressure in check and help to reduce the number of free radicals in our bodies.

 

So next time you are at your local grocery store, take a chance on these vegetables and you might find that they aren’t nearly as bad as we remember when we were kids.

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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