We used to say 5 a day.
Since last year, the Centers for Disease Control has said...at least 7 vegetables a day!
You know you're supposed to eat more.
But which kinds?
These are all-stars.
Not only are they low in calories and high in fiber, they contains unique phytochemicals, or antioxidants, that boost your health.
It's important to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day to reap the health benefits.
That's because each color contains different sets of phytochemicals that provide different health benefits.
Super-Vegetables to Add to Your Diet
Super Red Examples: Red bell peppers, tomatoes, beets.
Lycopene shows promise in fighting lung and prostate cancers.
Lycopene is actually more available after cooking or processing, so don't ignore canned tomato paste!
Super Purple Examples: Eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, kale.
The anthocyanins that give these super-vegetables their distinctive colors may help ward off heart disease by preventing clot formation.
They may also help lower risk of cancer.
Super Green Examples: Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens and bok choy.
Lutein appears to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as guard against age-related macular degeneration.
Dark green leafy vegetables are usually high in folate, a B-vitamin that shows promising results in preventing heart diseases.
In addition, Sulforaphane, a photochemical present in cruciferous vegetables, was found to detoxify cancer-causing chemicals before they do damage the body.
Super Orange Examples: Carrots and sweet potatoes (Yams).
The beta carotenes in these orange super veggies may prevent cancer, particularly of the lung, esophagus and stomach.
They may also reduce risk of heart disease and improve immune function.
Super White Examples: Cauliflower, mushrooms and onions.
These contain anthoxanthins and allicin, which can help lower blood pressure and protect against stomach cancer.Tweet
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