Inspite of stern warnings by doctors, and piles of researches supporting their benefits on the human body, not many Americans have included much of vegetables in their diet. However, certain vegetables have gained popularity over a period of time. Here are 10 vegetables which not just taste good, look good, but are loaded with nutrients that protect our body from many health risks.
Kale is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants that may reduce the risk of heart diseases. They help in lowering levels of bad cholesterol.
A study found that eating handful of green peas with other legumes lower the risk of stomach cancer.
Almost all the cancer-fighting antioxidants of this veggie benefit your body when eaten raw. Heating onion significantly reduce the nutrients in them. Onions can protect you against lung cancer and prostate cancer. They are best enjoyed in salads and wraps.
Beets are high in antioxidants that fight cancer and protect your eyes. The best of this veggie is that you can eat them as you like: roasted, pickled, boiled, or blended for its benefits.
Corn, when cooked, found to have higher level of antioxidants like lutein, which fights against blindness in older adults.
A study found that people who ate 5 servings or more of broccoli per week, they developed lower risks of bladder cancer over a period of 10 years than those who rarely ate them.
One medium pepper has only 32 calories, which makes it an ideal food for those who are trying to shed some weight. They are heavy on vitamin C providing you 150% of your recommended daily value.
Spinach is packed with carotenoids, an antioxidant that promotes healthy eyes and prevent macular degeneration. Cooking spinach helps these antioxidants get absorbed in your body better.
Sprouts are rich in beta-carotene, which protects against lung cancer. It helps maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, gums, glands, bones, and teeth. They are also a very good source of vitamin E.
Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C. It also contains a substance called glucosinolate, which breaks down cancer causing compounds.