Published by: Albert Gibosse – Blue Label Weekly Magazine [ www,bluelabelweeklymagazine.com ] Sponsored by: America’s Food Basket Supermarkets Massachusetts Locations [ Website ]
Vegetables enriches your body with important nutrients that are vital for health and proper maintenance of your body as well as a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
- Vegetable- and fruit-rich diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
- Making vegetables and fruits part of your overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
- Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2diabetes.
- Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
- Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
- Some vegetables contain great dietary fiber that help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, improve bowel function, help reduce constipation and diverticulosis
- Most vegetables are low in fat and calories and have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)
- Vegetables are crucial sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
- Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
- Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
- Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
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