It is no secret vegetables are simply great for you; hear any vegetarian rave about their diet or simply your mother (or grandmother) insisting that you finish your vegetables! So,why are vegetables so great?
Let us explore some of the most common vegetables and why you should include them in your diet:
Onions might make you cry, but your body should love them; they are filled with antioxidants, which not only help slow down aging but is also said to help fight cancer. Cooking onions, however, reduces the benefits of phytochemicals that protect against lung and prostate cancer, so better eat them raw! Just keep them chewing gums handy and everyone will be happy!!
A walk down the Kornich in any Egyptian city would show you how much we all love corn, and it sure is quite justified. This childhood favorite has so many nutrients and antioxidants. The longer corn is cooked, the higher the level of all its super good nutrients such as the antioxidant lutein.
Peas & Carrots:
Another prominent dish on our tables is peas and carrots. A study found that daily consumption of green peas along with other legumes lowered the risk of stomach cancer. Not only that, peas have many nutrients, including iron, folic acid, and A vitamin. Not to mention the carrots have about 15% of the lutein you need for the day, along with Vitamin K and fiber.
Now to my favorite vegetable of them all: broccoli. These tree like vegetables are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. One study found men who ate 5 servings or more per week of cruciferous veggies (broccoli’s one of them!) were half as likely to develop bladder cancers over a 10-year period as men who rarely ate them.
We are not advocating a vegetarian diet, but remember these mighty plants may hold the secrets to health!