Eat Your Veggies!
6 Healthful Benefits of Vegetables
Remember when our parents used to tell us to eat our carrots because they were good for our eyes? At the time, it felt like a big conspiracy to get us to eat something questionable. As it turns out, they were right! Not only are carrots good for our eyes, all vegetables are a health benefit to each organ system in the body. Studies have shown that a vegetable rich diet does remarkable healing for overall health. From lowering cholesterol to increasing the immune system, there are multiple benefits of eating veggies. Here are 6 of our favorites:
- Vegetables are rich in antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, folic acid, alpha carotene, and beta-carotene. These increase your immune system and specific antibodies that allow the system to function correctly. Antioxidants are also thought to lower your chances of certain types of cancer.
- Veggies are good for your heart. They decrease your risk of heart disease, and they lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- A diet filled with lots of veggies helps decrease obesity and type 2 diabetes.
- Most veggies are high in fiber, which helps you feel full longer and it improves digestive health.
- The vitamin A in carrots, yams, sweet potatoes and squash improves night vision and lowers the risk of age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Vegetables are low in calories and have very low cholesterol, if any. They fill you up without contributing much to your daily caloric intake.
As you can see, there are many benefits to vegetables. Remember to choose a variety of fresh veggies, and even experiment with ones you haven’t tried before. Slice up veggies all at once and store them in “to go” bags or storage containers so they are easy to grab when you are on the run. Most importantly, keep veggies where you will see them. Oftentimes things stored in refrigerator drawers are easily forgotten, especially when you are in a hurry. Keep up the good work and be proud of your accomplishments. You’re doing a great job!
In our next discussion, we will write about cardiovascular wellness as a continuation of our Heart Healthy month. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and get involved as we go along. We are here to help you get healthy and feel your best.
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