Is it ok to miss your veggies?

Maybe, but one day can turn into two days and before you know it, you have had a busy week and totally neglected your eating.    Eating at least 5 serves of vegetables per day is important to overall wellbeing and feeling awesome.

There are vitamins and minerals in vegetables that could mean you can skip your synthetic multivitamin tablets each.  These include vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and folic acid. Folic acid may reduce blood levels of homocysteine, a substance that may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Lots of vegetables in your diet can educe obesity and maintain a healthy weight, lower your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.  Scientific research shows that if you regularly eat lots of fruit and vegetables, you have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease – when fruits and vegetables are eaten as food, not taken as supplements, and high blood pressure (hypertension).

Veggies of similar colours generally contain similar protective compounds. For example:

  • Red foods – like tomatoes and red capsicum contain lycopene, which is thought to be important for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease
  • Green vegetables – like spinach and kale contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease
  • Purple foods – like purple carrots and eggplant contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the body from cancer
  • White foods – like cauliflower contain sulforaphane and may also help protect against some cancers

Catherine Craig
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