The Varied Value of Veggies

Eat your veggies! We all know we’re supposed to, but what vegetables are the best? Are different vegetables good for certain things? Read on for a veg-ucation.


Spinach. Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables out there thanks to its numerous nutrients. One cup of raw spinach provides more than 50% of your daily vitamin A needs, plus all of your vitamin K needs. And it’s high in antioxidants that have been connected to reducing the risk of cancer.

Carrots. You’ve likely heard they’re good for your eyes, but there’s more to carrots! This root vegetable is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. Recent studies have also shown that eating carrots weekly could decrease risk of prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Green peas. Though they’re a starchy vegetable, peas have numerous health benefits. They’re high in fiber and protein, as well as vitamins A and C. The fiber helps support digestive health. Peas are also rich in saponins, plant compounds know for anti-cancer effects.

Beets. Beets and beetroot juice can help improve heart health, as they’re high in heart-healthy nitrates. A 2012 study showed that drinking beetroot juice significantly lowered blood pressure in healthy people. Beets could also help those with diabetes – they contain the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, which studies show could help with diabetic nerve problems.

Expanding your vegetable options could help your overall health, so mix it up and try something new today!

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