By now we all know vegetables are good for us. But do we eat enough? And when we do, are we eating the healthiest ones from this list of vegetables?
According to statistics – not by a long shot!
On a daily basis well over half the population gets absolutely NO healthy vegetables – much less the recommended minimum 3 to 5 servings. But this doesn't have to be you.
You can change your own personal health statistics.
I've made you an alphabetical list of vegetables, in three different categories – A, B and C. You can now choose from these 3 categories ranked for overall food value.
The "A" list of vegetables are the superstars, high in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Those in the "B" category are good, but not the best. And "C" veggies are mainly either high glycemic, too starchy or too high in calories when compared with the nutritional values of those ranked A or B.
Please note that I've included some fruit, such as peppers, squash and tomatoes, since these fruits are generally thought of and used as vegetables. Corn is used as a vegetable too, whereas in reality it's a grain.
You may also be surprised at the addition of legumes (beans), which are actually vegetables, but are usually not considered as such.
Studies show certain veggies can make you healthier.
Research clearly proves healthy veggies can extend both the length and the overall quality of your life. Numerous studies have proven that by increasing your daily intake (mainly from the "A" list), you can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other chronic illnesses.
The list of healthy veggie benefits is almost as long as the "A" category list. So pick some winners, learn how to prepare them and start eating and enjoying "A" category veggies now and for the rest of your long healthy life.
Chard (Swiss & red)
Lettuce, red or green
Sweet potato & yam
When shopping for produce, to get maximum benefits, buy organic whenever possible. Also choose fresh or frozen rather than canned, since canned is generally extremely high in salt.
To avoid extra calories from fat and a high sodium intake, use herbs, spices, lemon or vinegar, rather than salt, butter or oil for seasoning.
Now that you know what's good for you, it's time to shop (or plant your garden), and get busy eating and enjoying these extra healthy foods!
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