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May 19, 2024

What Are The Healthiest Veggies To Eat?

It's no surprise all vegetables are nutritious, but some take the lead due to the myriad of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other health benefits they provide. So what are the healthiest veggies to eat? Keep in mind, if you can’t find them at your local grocery store, strongly dislike the taste or don’t tolerate them, that’s ok! As long as you’re consuming a few servings of fruits and veggies most days of the week, you’re doing your body a huge service.

Lentils

Whether consumed in a soup or salad, lentils are not only a leading source of plant protein and folate, but they also pack a powerful amount of gut-strengthening fiber and resistant starch. Resistant starch can slow down digestion leading to a longer feeling of fullness and more stable blood sugar levels. Further, resistant starch feeds good bacteria in your gut so they can proliferate.

Cabbage

This surprisingly versatile veggie can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. Cabbage earns it top place among the healthiest veggies because of its antioxidant-rich properties, fiber-rich content and as a good source of inositol. Inositol is not well-known, but it should be. It plays many roles in the body including improving some anxiety disorders and fighting against insulin-resistance, metabolic syndrome and high blood sugar.

Watercress

Deemed one of the most nutritious leafy greens, watercress is abundant in disease and inflammation-fighting antioxidants and has been linked to improve heart and bone health. What can you do with watercress? Transform it into a zesty pesto, refreshing soup, vibrant salad or simply sauté with garlic and olive oil.

Beets

Among the sweeter-tasting veggies, beets top the list for being ultra-nutritious. They offer vitamin C, A and K, as well as nitrates which help improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and bolster cognitive function. You can easily boost your beet intake by adding pickled beets to your salad, raw beets to a smoothie, or enjoying them right from the package.

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