Some of us may not be fans of vegetables; I admit I do not like them (I give exceptions to carrots and pickles). The thing is as much as some of may not like them; we need them for our bodies to function properly. Without vegetables we are not getting the vitamins and so forth that we need. Without all these things our bodies need from vegetables our body is not able to cleanse itself. Here is a nutrition analysis of vegetables! (Image by Alex E. Proimos via Flickr)
What are the health benefits of vegetables?
- Vegetables, like fruits, are low in fat but contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals. All the Green-Yellow-Orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
- As in fruits, vegetables too are home for many antioxidants that; firstly, help protect the human body from oxidant stress, diseases and cancers, and secondly; help the body develop the capacity to fight against these by boosting immunity.
- Additionally, vegetables are packed with soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) such as cellulose, mucilage, hemi-cellulose, gums, pectin…etc. These substances absorb excess water in the colon, retain a good amount of moisture in the fecal matter, and help its smooth passage out of the body. Thus, sufficient fiber offers protection from conditions like hemorrhoids, colon cancer, chronic constipation, and rectal fissures.
Vegetable nutrition has widely drawn the attention of fitness conscious as well as food scientists alike for their proven health benefits. Majority of day to day used vegetables are very low in calories.
Furthermore, human body spends a considerable amount of energy for the metabolism of foods, which is known as BMR or Basal metabolism rate. So just imagine…when you add lots of vegetable nutrition in the diet, in fact, you set to lose more weight than you would gain…Right!..This is the concept behind the “negative calorie foods.”
By adding more vegetables to your diet you are setting yourself up to become healthier, and even lose weight. These are two great benefits that in the long run produce good results for other aspects of your life.