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Mom knew best when she demanded that we eat our vegetables. Vegetables are powerhouses when it comes to maintaining optimal health. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients – all of which help fight disease, obesity, and aging. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C, among others. Fibrous vegetables (E.g., peppers, carrots, leafy greens) are especially helpful in weight management: they are high in water, and extremely low in calories and fat, so they fill you up with very few calories. They are high in fiber too, which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels, lowers the risk for heart disease and aids in proper digestion. The colors found in vegetables are a result of some of the phytonutrients they contain. Phytonutrients are plant compounds that are thought to have health-protecting qualities. Although vegetables contain a lot of nutrients beyond their attributed colored phytonutrient, eating all of the colors of the rainbow helps to ensure that you’re getting a broad spectrum of health-protecting nutrients in your diet. Refer to Every Color of the Rainbow – Vegetables to get a breakdown of typical vegetables, their colors and the associated phytonutrients and their benefits:
Color - Phytonutrient - Vegetables - What it Does Red Anthocyanins Lycopene Beets Radicchio Radishes Keeps urinary tracts healthy Red Pepper Maintains a healthy heart Boosts memoryLowers risk of cancer.
Yellow / Orange Bioflavonoids Carotenoids Vitamin C Butternut Squash Carrots Pumpkin Summer squash Sweet Corn Sweet Potatoes Yellow Beets Yellow Peppers Yellow Squash Keep immune system strong Supports eye function and health Lowers risk of cancer Lowers risk of heart disease Yellow Tomatoes Keep immune system strong Supports eye function and health Lowers risk of cancer Lowers risk of heart disease
Green Calcium Indoles Iron Lutein Magnesium Artichokes Arugula Asparagus Broccoli Broccoli Rabe Brussels Sprouts Celery Chinese Cabbage Cucumbers Endive Green Beans Green Cabbage Green Peppers Leafy Greens Leeks Green Onions Okra Peas Snow Peas Sugar Snap Peas Spinach Watercress Zucchini.
Supports eye function and health Lowers risk of cancer.Maintains strong bones and teethBlue / Purple Anthocyanins Phenolics Eggplant Purple Cabbage Purple Belgian Endive Purple Peppers Purple Potatoes Red Cabbage Red Onion. Lower risk of cancers Good for urinary tract health Improves memory function Helps to fight effects of aging.White/Tan/Brown Allicin Cauliflower Jerusalem Artichokes Jicama Mushrooms Onions Parsnips Potatoes Shallots Turnips White Corn -Promotes heart health & Lowers risk for cancer
Are you well-rounded in the veggies you eat?