You’ve been told your entire life to eat vegetables but do you really know why? Yes, we all know vegetables are good for us but the question is: how and why are they good for us? One of the healthiest eating habits you can create with your family is to make vegetables the centerpiece of your meals and let the other food groups accompany them.It is said that those who consume vegetables as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases.
The Important Nutrients in Vegetables
Vegetables are considered “nutrient dense” because they carry a variety of essential vitamins to the body. A few major nutrients found in vegetables are Potassium, Dietary Fiber, and Folate (Folic Acid). Potassium helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure and dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Folate ,or folic acid, increases the bodies chances of forming healthy red blood cells. Women who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need a good amount of folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida during fetal development.
Trading in Fat with Fiber
Eating a diet rich in vegetables can reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes. Vegetables get top billing on any fat-control menu because most are “free foods,” meaning you can eat an unlimited amount without having to count the calories.
You can also get full quickly because of the fiber in vegetables; you get fuller faster; which is why it’s nearly impossible to overeat veggies. Surveys have indicated that children who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables when they are young tend to continue this eating habit when they’re adults. The most efficient way to get your children to eat their veggies it to eat them yourself. The more vegetables adults in the family eat, the more vegetables the children in the family are likely to eat. At Urban Crunch Meal prep we offer a wide array of vegetable options within many of our meals.
Our Nicoise Salad is jam-packed with delicious fresh veggies.