No greens, No gain!
All of us are attracted to colours. Just when the word is merely mentioned, people begin picking out their favourite colours. That’s how fascinating colours are. Not just our environment, even our diet needs to be colourful in order to be balanced! Yes, a mix of all the yellow, red and greens that you’ve been avoiding, needs to be added to your plate. Green vegetables and fruits are extremely important for good health. Why are they so special?
That’s because they are,
Great source of fibre
Greens are a brilliant source of natural fibre, aiding digestion and slowing the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. This helps with controlling diabetes.
High in Antioxidants
Greens are rich in vitamin A which helps build your body’s defense, vitamin C for healthy skin and bones and vitamin K to help your body heal itself quickly from wounds and injuries. They are also packed with essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron and protective antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help prevent many chronic diseases.
Help with vision
Since they are rich in Vitamin A and also beta carotene and lutein, they are extremely beneficial for your eyes. They improve vision related problems.
Greens are high in iron and fibre, they naturally improve our metabolism and keep the production of our red blood cells at a healthy rate. These leafy, crunchy items also contain a lot of water which further improves our digestion and also helps to keep your body hydrated.
Keep diseases at bay
Greens help decrease the risk of developing pancreatic and prostate cancer. They also offer protection against heart diseases.
Aid weight loss
Yes, you read that right. Green fruits and vegetables are naturally low sources of salt and fat, hence they add fewer calories to your food. Since they are high in fiber and water they also make you feel full for a longer time, thus helping you control your intake and induce weight loss.
All said and done, it is always important to remember that a balance needs to be maintained in order to stay healthy. Eating green vegetables should be part of a well-rounded diet that also includes whole grains, fruits and lean proteins.
Few examples of green vegetables and fruits include zucchini, spinach, celery, green peppers, peas, green onions, lettuce, cucumbers, beans, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, pears, avocados, lime and grapes, etc. While each type of green varies in its flavor and calorie count, all are beneficial to your health. Remember the mantra,
No greens = No gain!