5 Reasons to Eat Your Vegetables
- Phytochemicals- These are chemical compounds found in vegetables that have medicinal benefits and help keep a body healthy. Carotenoids are responsible for the yellow, orange and red colors in many vegetables. These chemicals act as antioxidants in the body.
- Fiber- There are 2 types of fiber in vegetables- soluble and insoluble. Both types of fiber have healthful benefits, such as reducing cholesterol, maintaining blood sugar levels and and promoting feelings of fullness and regularity.
- Vitamins & Minerals- These are essential nutrients found in vegetables that are necessary for the body to function. For example, green leafy vegetables provide folate, vitamin C, K & A, biotin, potassium and magnesium.
- Nutrient Density- A concept in which foods provide a significant amount of nutrients with minimal amounts of calories and fats. Vegetables are a perfect example of nutrient dense foods.
- Symbiotic Relationships- Certain micronutrients work well together to maximize absorption. For example, vitamin C helps iron absorption from non meat sources. Pairing vitamin C rich bell peppers with leafy greens will maximize the iron extracted from greens.