They are one of the most nutritious things we can eat and every day we should aim to get at least 5 serves a day. This may sound like a lot but one serve is equivalent to about half a cup of vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, cucumber, broccoli or the like. So if you eat one salad you could already be consuming a few serves of veggies in one meal.
Anyway, here’s 5 great reasons to love your vegetables more.
1. Prevent disease
Eating your veggies can help prevent the risk of many diseases such as heart disease, all types of cancers, diabetes, obesity, dementia, alziemer’s, depression and other mental disturbances, reduce aches and pains, and much more. Vegetables contain many protective ingredients such as antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and fibre, that can all help ward off disease and keep the cells and organs in your body healthier.
2. Get your dose of vitamins and minerals
One of the ways veggies help prevent disease is though providing vitamins and minerals because these are essential to good health. We need vitamins and minerals to drive many of the metabolic processes in our bodies. The B vitamins act as enzymes and coenzymes in energy production, vitamin C and E provide antioxidant properties that fight free radicals, calcium and phosphorus are essential for bone health, nerve function, and blood pressure. Potassium helps to regulate electrolyte balance and aids nerve transmission. Each vitamin and mineral serves a very important role and one of the best ways to get them into the body is to eat a wide variety of vegetables.
Here’s just one example of vitamins and minerals found in one group of vegetables:
Leafy green veggies contain folate, vitamin C, biotin, vitamin K, A, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
3. Generate energy
Vegetables are a great source of healthy carbohydrates and carbohydrates help provide your body and brain with energy. Unlike heavy carbs like grains, eating a wide variety of veggies can still fuel the engines without making you feel bloated. Feeling vibrant and alive in life is definitely one of my goals so veggies are high on my list! And if losing weight is your goal then focus on eating more of these wonderful things and your fat will start burning away 🙂
4. Promote digestive health
Eating your vegetables helps promote a healthy bowel and keeps you regular! It’s the easiest way to get your daily requirement of dietary fibre and will help reduce your risk of colon cancer along with many other additional benefits. Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is one of the largest immune organs in your body? Veggies can help you maintain the health of your digestive system naturally!
5. Keep life interesting
Vegetables keep my diet interesting! There are so many textures, flavours and varieties to choose from that you really can never get bored with cooking them, at least I can’t anyway! I love experimenting and I try to include a little bit of veggies in every meal. If you don’t already have an interesting diet and feel like you’re getting bored, try doing something different with your veggies and see how much more variety you can bring into your diet intstantly.
Anyway, those are 5 great reasons to eat your vegetables.
I’d love to know what’s on your menu today?