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The Most Nutritious Vegetables in the World!

By Sara Butler

You’ve been told your whole life how vegetables are good for you – and it’s the truth. What you may not know is that each vegetable is a special snowflake, with its own something special to offer. That’s why getting a large variety of vegetables is important to your overall health and wellness. If you’re looking for vegetables that pack an even more nutritional punch, then here are a few you just can’t go wrong with because they may just be the most nutritious vegetables in the world!

Brussels Sprouts

These miniature cabbages are loaded with Vitamin C. They’re also low in calories and high in potassium. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to overcook them – their smell can be a bit strong, but that smell is actually something called glucosinolate sinigrin, which some researchers think might help to fight cancer!

Onions

Onion breath may not be appealing to some people, but the health benefits of onions should be! Onions contain large amounts of quercetin, a phytochemical found in plants that have anti-inflammatory effects. Research is ongoing, but it’s possible that onions may help with inflammation related to asthma, heart disease, and arthritis.

It’s not just onions that are beneficial, as anything in the allium family of vegetables contains quercetin, such as leeks, chives, shallots, garlic, and scallions. Vampires beware!

Kale

You might be sick of hearing how good kale is for you, but it’s become fashionable for a reason! Chief among them is that kale is chock full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and folate. Plus it contains lutein, a phytochemical that helps your eyesight.

Kale also contains a type of calcium that is very easily absorbed by the body, so if you have trouble tolerating dairy products, it can help you get the calcium you need to keep your bones healthy.

Mushrooms

These sleepy little fungi have a lot of potential. It’s a great source of Vitamin D and is actually a great substitute for ground meat in some recipes. Dieticians report that replacing meat in things such as sloppy joes, lasagna, or chili with mushrooms can help you to lose up to five pounds in a year.

Vegetables are good for you and they’re low in calories. So, instead of grabbing a bag of chips the next time you feel the munchies coming on, get out some homemade kale chips or crisp up some Brussels sprouts for a treat that keeps you healthy!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

 

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