We are all aware the incredible benefits of eating vegetables provides – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases such as Obesity, high blood pressure, etc.
Vegetables not only provide nutrients vital for health but can be good source maintenance of your body. In fact, there is a lot to lose when you don’t eat vegetables. Eating too few fruits and veggies can result in nutrient deficiencies.
1. Natural Immunity From Sickness
Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
Now when you don’t eat them, you’re more prone to digestive ailments such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulosis.
Vegetables also contain cellulose, which increases stool weight, eases passage, and reduces transit time.
In addition, they contain fiber, which Moore says “helps to alleviate or prevent constipation, stimulates the GI tract muscles so they retain their strength and resist bulging out into pouches called diverticula, and reduces pressure on the lower bowel, making it less likely for rectal veins to swell [which causes hemorrhoids].
A study from Harvard Medical School showed that a diet high in dietary fiber, which fruits and veggies provide, reduces the risk for diverticular disease.
2. Natural Weight Checker
Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.) Hence they can help you maintain your weight.
A study led by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine showed that overweight and obese portions of the U.S. adult population ate fewer servings of fruits and vegetables than normal-weight groups.
Now, most often, the diet containing foods that are high in energy density—meaning more calories per gram—leads to overeating and weight gain. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and low in energy density. Therefore, one can eat more and feel more satisfied with fewer calories.
3. Original Blood Tonic
Folate (folic acid) is one of the nutrients that is gained from eating vegetables. Folate helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods.
And in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.