Perhaps everyone is well aware of the importance vegetables have for our health. But deciding which ones are best can be a bit confusing. Luckily, the internet is a place rich in information, and nutritionists are there to lend us a helping hand.
Thanks to a new article from FoxNews.com, we have a list of the best vegetables that nutritionists recommend us to consume for living a healthy life. Make sure you’re eating them regularly:
Here’s what Erin Kenney has to say, a dietitian CEO, as quoted by FoxNews.com:
Shiitake mushrooms are not only a low-calorie vegetable but have been shown to reduce inflammation and benefit immune function by increasing secretory IgA, which serves as the first line of defense in the body protecting us from pathogens.
He recommends throwing the mushrooms in a stir-fry over rice.
Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients that we all need for having good health.
Jared T. Meacham, Ph.D., RD, PMP, CSCS, also adds, as cited by the same source mentioned above:
These promote gut health by helping to clean the gastrointestinal tract while softening stool and helping to maintain a healthful internal environment.
He also adds:
The antioxidants contained in sweet potatoes protect cells from damage and may have anti-cancer properties, specifically in colorectal cells.
The rest of the recommended vegetables are the following:
- Jicama: rich in prebiotic fiber that can prevent excessive blood glucose and excess weight.
- Kimchi: this is a fermented Korean vegetable mixture, and it also can decrease cholesterol levels.
- Broccoli sprouts: they can even provide help in fighting cancer, among other benefits for our health. This is due to a phytochemical called sulforaphane.
- Carrots: these vegetables that we all know are rich in carotenoids and vitamin A.
- Green peas: lots of fiber and protein and also quality starchy carbohydrates.
- Spirulina: this form of blue-green algae is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants.
- Brussels sprouts: these are also a great source of vitamins like K, C, folate, and soluble fiber.
- Garlic: it has enormous health benefits, such as providing help in decreasing LDL cholesterol while it increases HDL cholesterol, which is known as the “good cholesterol.”
- Beets: beetroots are great if you want vitamin C, A, K, calcium, and iron.
Feel free to tell us which one of these foods is your favorite and why!