The Healthiest, Unhealthy and Uninviting Vegetables
Vegetables which are healthy, not really healthy even though you think they are and just the world’s uninviting vegetables
- The Healthiest
- Chili Peppers
- The Unhealthy
- Iceberg Lettuce
- The Unattractive
- Purple Sweet Potato
We all know vegetables are part of a healthy diet and some of those vegetables just may be among the healthiest; those load with nutritional value, the unhealthy vegetables are those that we believe are healthy but are actually dense when it comes to nutrition. The uninviting vegetables well let’s just say they look strange and unusual.
Broccoli is loaded with nutrients including zinc, iron and vitamin C. Among almost all cruciferous vegetables broccoli is the richest of vitamin C. The antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene in broccoli significantly increase blood levels when consumed. The combinations of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and pro-detoxification components in broccoli make it an individual food for cancer prevention. Only ½ cup a day is enough to provide benefits. Broccoli provides support for your heart by its cholesterol-lowering ability. Other benefits include eye health, skin support including sun damaged skin due to the detox-related benefits sulforaphane that help; counteract sun damage. Nutritional; vitamin k, C, chromium, dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6,E, B1,A, manganese, phosphorus, choline, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.
Kale provides you with cholesterol-lowering benefits; provide support to the body detoxification system. Researchers have identified over 45 different flavonoids Research has shown glucosinolates in kale provide cancer prevention benefits. Kale is prominent in three areas; (1) antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, (2) much-needed micronutrients (in which the average U.S. adult is currently deficient), and (3) cancer-preventive nutrients called glucosinolates.
Beets contain strong nutrient compounds that help to protect against birth defects, heart disease and certain cancers. Beets are rich in antioxidants manganese and vitamin C. Beets are anti-inflammatory, they lessen inflammation is their ability to inhibit the activity of COX 1 and 2 that rigger inflammation. The combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules in beets makes this food a highly-likely candidate for risk reduction of many cancer types possibly for colon, stomach, lung, breast and prostate cancers. Beets have excellent sources of folate and good sources of manganese, potassium, copper, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron vitamins C and B6.
Chili peppers contain capsaicin that provides their spicy taste when eaten. Topical capsaicin is now a known treatment for pain of osteoarthritis. Several studies have also found it to relieve diabetic neuropathy. Several studies have shown that chili peppers like cayenne can lower cholesterol and may protect the fats in your blood from free radical damage. Capsaicin can also clear up mucus from stuffed up nose and lungs. Chili peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
Potatoes may come with some health benefits but they are starchy carbohydrate and have minimal protein and a high glycemic load which has your blood pressure and insulin to rise fast and drop, leaving feel hungry again shortly after consumption which can lead to over eating. Potatoes are on the dirty dozen list by the Environmental Working Group since they contain herbicides and pesticides.
Corn is a good source of antioxidants and fiber but it does have a down side. Among corn grown in the Unites States 88 percent grown each year is genetically modified. It is used to make high fructose corn syrup. Corn can interfere with your digestion and cause stomach pain especially if you have food allergies, IBS or leaky gut syndrome.
Zucchini may be good for diabetes but contains oxalates a naturally occurring substance can over accumulate in the body with the main site being the kidneys. If oxalates become too high with overly active amounts of calcium are kidneys are at risk for kidney stones. Calcium oxalate stones accounting for about 80% of all stones formed.
Iceberg lettuce is on the Environmental Working Group list of dirty vegetables due to high amounts of pesticides. Among the chemicals causing harm is Perchlorate commonly used as a oxidizer for things such as rocket propellants, matches, and naturally occurs in some frizzlers. Iceberg lettuce has food allergens much like carrots.
Romanesco Broccoli that crosses between broccoli and cauliflower is high in vitamin C which has been linked to cancer prevention. It is load with B vitamins, folate, protein and more. It can help improve eyesight protect against cold and flu viruses and lowers cholesterol..
Purple Sweet Potato
Purple Sweet Potato may not be ugly but is a potato of a different color is loaded with vitamins A, C and B6. Much like the regular color sweet potato have a high nutritional value. This vegetable improves blood sugar regulation and some research indicates it has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Samphire looks like what you would get if you crossed asparagus with a cactus or even a green bean. This veggie is used as medicine to treat vitamin C deficiency diseases. This vegetable with its vitamins A and C have a significant effect on the immune system.
Salsify a root vegetable that kind of looks like that stick your dog brought in the house. This veggie contains potassium equal to bananas and offers immense protein. It is great for healthy digestion and gives your hair that boost it needs.
Environmental Working Group
Nutrition and You
Health Benefits Times
Worlds Healthiest Foods