Eat Your Vegetables, They're Good For You
I can recall sitting tablside years ago in an eye to eye standoff with a heap of Brussels sprouts that my mother had shoveled onto my plate. I had no doubt that those little green balls of torture had literally been shoveled onto the plate because a mound so large could not have been made by hands alone. I prodded them with my fork, half in curiosity that such a thing could exist, half in disdain that they truly did exist and that I was expected to eat them.
Surely no loving Creator would pack such an awful taste into those horrible little things and then expect them to be eaten by children. My mother assured me that He could, He did, and I was.
The prodding continued, followed by whining. Threats were made, and the whining increased exponentially. Yet more threats until the promised punishments were probably no longer legal, and then it was off to bed with the sun still in the sky and a mountain of uneaten and defeated Brussels sprouts on my plate.
I have since made my peace with Brussels sprouts and actually think they're pretty good. So take it from a convert, eat your vegetables, they're good for you.
The Benefits of Vegetables
There are, of course, the standard reasons for eating vegetables such as they will help you to lose weight and prevent chronic diseases. If being a slim and disease-free person does not quite fill your partcular want list, here are a few more reasons why you may want to cozy up with vegetables.
Veggies fight bloat. They are rich with the fiber that removes waste and gastric irritants as well as prevent constipation. They counteract the bloat that is caused by salt and help us to look more lean. Thay also have plenty of potassium and water to flush out excess sodium from the body and restore a normal fluid balance.
Vegetables help us to look younger. This alone should drive us the nearest farmer's market with our fists filled with cash to demand that they turn over all that is green. They have phytonnutrients, vitamin C, and a water content that keeps the skin younger looking. Because they are 85 to 95 percent water, veggies hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.
Th photonutrients that are found in all vegetables protect against premature aging by preventing the cells from being damaged due to stress factors, the sun, and pollution and other environmental culprits.
Vegetables can help to reduce stress because they contain such nutrients as vitamin C and magnesium, which happen to be the same nutrients that quickly deplete when we are stressed. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce tension and B vitamins that help fight anxiety and depression.
Eating any vegetable will help to reduce stress although mushrooms, leafy greens, squash, bell peppers, strings beans and a few others are particularly good sources for a number of vitamins and minerals.
Finally, vegetables protect our bones. They have the same nutrients as dairy products plus the bone-builders vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, and prebiotic fiber. Tomatoes seem to be of particulatr importance whereas one study found that when they were omitted from the diet, women became more at risk for osteoporosis.
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