Children moan about them, heath fanatics rave about them and Grandma’s always make you eat them! We find out why we should be eating our greens.
Leafy greens are those highly nutritious members of the vegetable family that can add texture to your sandwiches, flavour to your soups and salads and colour to your plate. And don’t forget herbs! Green vegetables are highly nutritious and are great for adding plenty of flavour to almost any dish.
Leafy vegetables are ideal for weight management as they are typically low in calories. They are useful in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease since they are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as containing a host of phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene.
Because of their high magnesium content and low glycemic index, green leafy vegetables are also valuable for persons with type 2 diabetes.
PREVENTS BELLY BLOATING! – There is a myth that vegetables cause a bloated belly, but actually most vegetables do the opposite. Vegetables are rich in fiber, which flushes out waste and prevents constipation by keeping the digestive tract moving.
Nutrients in our greens:
Calcium is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Some leafy greens contain high amounts of calcium, particularly kale, rocket and bok choy.
Folate is a B-vitamin essential for the healthy development in early pregnancy, particularly in preventing neural tube defects. It is also important in DNA synthesis and the building or repairing of tissues like red blood cells.
Vitamin A helps with good vision and healthy immune function. Leafy greens are a good source of pro-vitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene which your body can use to make vitamin A.
Vitamin C required for the growth and repair of tissues throughout your body, including bones and teeth. It can also function as an antioxidant, protecting your DNA from damage by free radicals.
Vitamin K plays an important role in helping your blood to clot which stops continuous bleeding when we have a cut or bruise.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps keeps fluids balanced in your blood and tissues. Potassium also helps to control blood pressure.
Magnesium is essential for hundreds of different processes in your body, including energy production, bone development, mineral balance, muscle contraction and protein and DNA synthesis.
Fibre helps to make you feel full and aids in weight loss. Fibre is essential in keeping your digestive system healthy and keep bowel movements regular.