Why Veggies are Important

fruitsveggiesKnowing the nutritional properties of vegetables and their importance when it comes to the overall health, it is of a great importance. We all know that the best and safest way to avoid eating vegetables from suspicious sources is to always buy and consume seasonal vegetables, or products that are completely natural and organic. That way you will preserve your health making sure your body has all the needed nutrients.

It is especially important to eat veggies in winter and autumn.  These are not good seasons for vegetables, but try to find the vegetables that grow during these seasons.

Corn

Corn is the healthiest and most affordable vegetable. It’s a good source of dietary fiber, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin C and magnesium. Corn can be eaten grilled or boiled. But corn can be prepared in a variety of ways including in the form of a burger.

Carrots

A sliced carrot looks exactly like the human eye. Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants, which help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, regulate blood sugar and improve eyesight. The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange color from beta-carotene.

Carrots can improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails. When taken daily it can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and is rich in fiber and can help regulate blood sugar.

Beans

Beans actually contain a wide range of healthy nutrients. These are calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, folic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. These nutrients work together in several key areas, improving overall health. Beans are also a good source of protein, which is rare in plants.

Regular consumption reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity. The risk for heart disease, for example, can be reduced by  22%.

Celery

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps strengthen the immune system. It is an excellent source of vitamin B1, B2, and B6, potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and essential amino acids. Celery has the power to reduce high blood pressure, and can help in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic problems.

Eggplant

Eggplant is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, B6 and potassium. It is an excellent source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, niacin, and folic acid. Eggplant is a rich source of antioxidant phenols which may help prevent cancer, cholesterol, bacterial and viral infections, lowers cholesterol by preventing its absorption in the blood.

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