Hi there! Going to the grocery shopping? But before I let you go, can I have a quick look at your shopping list? Wait! There are no vegetables here! Don’t you know that vegetables play a very important role in keeping our bodies healthy and strong? It balances our body’s metabolism and supplies the much needed vitamins and minerals that we can’t get from meats and processed products. Need more? Speaking from experience, here are the reasons why you and your family should love vegetables.
10 smart reasons for eating vegetables
1 Contain Important Vitamins and Minerals
Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that are needed by our body so it can function properly. For example, Vitamin A (that came from squash and carrots) helps improve our vision and cellular health. A steady supply of vitamins and minerals improves our body’s ability to ward off illnesses and malaises. It also promotes normal hair and nail growth. Vegetables contain elements that keep our bloodstream from clogging thus reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
2 Vegetables (and Fruits) Rehydrates our Body
During the warm summer days, our body excretes a lot of water. This may lead to dehydration if not properly attended to. One of the best ways to prevent this is by consuming fruits and vegetables that contain a lot water (such as watermelons and cucumbers). They don’t only replenish our body’s water supply but also help us feel cool and comfortable too! We strongly encourage eating fresh fruits and foods during the summer season. Stay away from hot spices if possible.
3 Protect Our Body Fluids during Winter
Our body does not lose much fluid during winter or cold weathers. Though this sounds like a good idea, it is still necessary to “adjust” our eating habits to keep our body healthy and strong. We strongly recommend to use spices that create heat inside the body during these types of weather. Horseradish, marjoram, thyme, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon are great examples.
4 Don’t make You Fat
With the exception of fried and batter-coated dishes, vegetables as a food group are very, very low in calories compared to other food groups. Nutritionists and dieticians say that a cup of the world’s healthiest vegetables only contains more or less 50 calories —- now that’s low! When it comes to vegetables, there’s no need for you to worry even if you overeat them!
5 Protect Us from Certain Types of Cancer
Several studies have shown that some vegetables (along with proper and healthy diet) are rich in antioxidants and other health-promoting elements that prevent cancer. Jalapenos, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are just some of the cancer-fighting vegetables that are widely available in the market today.
6 Lower the Risk of Heart Diseases
Aside from its cancer-fighting properties, vegetables are also rich in nutrients that lowers the level of bad cholesterol in the body. It also aids in reducing the risks of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
7 Reduce the Risk of Kidneys Stones and Bone Loss
Recent studies have also shown that some vegetables also contain elements that prevents the development of kidney stones and bone loss. For example, spinach and white beans are rich in potassium that reduces the risk of developing kidney stones. Potassium also lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of bone loss.
8 Are Rich in Dietary Fibres
Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, squash and celery are rich in dietary fibres that improve bowel functions and reduce the risk of constipation and diverticulosis. Together with an overall healthy diet, fibre-rich foods also reduce the levels of bad cholesterols in the body — consequently reducing one’s risk of heart diseases. Furthermore, fibre-rich vegetables also give us the feeling of “fullness” with fewer calories intake.
9 Are Rich in Folic Acid
Folate (folic acid) is essential in the formation of red blood cells in the body. Furthermore, folate also stimulates the body to produce more serotonin, the “mood” hormone and Vitamin B6 that encourages the production of dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that reduces the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS. Folate-rich foods are highly recommended for women who are of child-bearing age to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida and anencephaly during fetal development. A daily intake of 400 mcg synthetic folic acid (from supplements or fortified foods) in addition to a regular vegetable-rich diet is highly recommended by experts.
10 Are a Good Source of Riboflavin and Niacin
In general, Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin) play a very important role in improving the health of elderly people. Several studies have shown that these vitamins can prevent cataracts and other illnesses. Sun dried tomatoes, wheat bran and dry roasted soybeans are some examples of Riboflavin-rich foods. On the other hand, fresh green peas and sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin B3 (Niacin).
In our family, a meal will never be complete without vegetables. Keep in mind that vegetables are healthier, safer and more beneficial than processed food products and meats. I love it. And my husband and children are inlove with it too! It’s never too late to start. You can do it!