We’ve always been told to eat our 5-a-day, but is it really necessary? Or is it just extra calories we could avoid?
Put simply, vegetables are a vital part of just about anyones diet. We summarise just why this is in this short blog.
- Your favourite fruits and veggies pack more than just flavour..
- Vegetables are home to sources of many important nutrients, including vitamin A, C, dietary fibre, potassium and folic acid.
- The nutrients in vegetables are vital for health and maintenance of your body.
- The majority of vegetables are naturally low in calories anyway, with no cholesterol. Winner.
- They keep you fuller for longer!
- Eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.
- Vitamin A can keep the eyes and skin healthy, helping to protect the body against infection
- Vitamin C aids in the healing of cuts and wounds, but also helps to keep teeth and gum healthy
- Dietary fibre in vegetables, when consumed as part of an overall healthy balanced diet, can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, potentially lowering risk of heart disease. Proper bowel function also requires fibre
- Folic acid helps the body form red blood cells. This can be important for pregnant women as it helps your baby’s neural tube develop into his/her brain and spinal cord.
- Foods rich in potassium can aid in the lowering of blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.
What foods contain nutrients?
- Sweet potato, white potato
- Spinach, lentils, kidney beans, white beans
- Tomato products including paste, sauce and juice
Folic acid-rich foods:
- Dark green vegetables including broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts and asparagus
- Dried beans, peas, and nuts.
Vitamin A-rich foods:
- Sweet potato
- Dark leafy vegetables
- Bell peppers
Vitamin C-rich foods:
- Citrus fruits
- Bell peppers
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