10 of the Healthiest Vegetables You Can Eat
No list of healthy vegetables would be complete without these nutritious powerhouses.
You'll get the most out of this veggie's cancer-fighting antioxidants by eating it raw; cooking onions at a high heat significantly reduces the benefits of phytochemicals that protect against lung and prostate cancer. Try combining chopped raw onions with tomatoes, avocado, and jalapeño peppers for a blood sugar–friendly chip dip. Finish with a splash of lime juice.
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Standing out even among all the leafy greens, this is one of the healthiest vegetables in your supermarket. Kale's curly green leaves are chock full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may lower levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. While you're eating your leafy greens, think about adding these foods that can reduce your risk of colon cancer as well!
Broccoli is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. One study found men who ate five servings or more per week of cruciferous veggies (including these green vegetables) were half as likely to develop bladder cancers over a ten-year period as men who rarely ate them.
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Red bell pepper
One medium pepper is light on calories (just 32 per pepper) but heavy on vitamin C, providing 150 per cent of the recommended daily value. The antioxidant is known to help ward off atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart disease.
Spinach is packed with carotenoids—antioxidants that promote healthy eyes and help prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Cooking these green vegetables helps make lutein (a carotenoid) more absorbable by your body.
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This tiny powerhouse is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects against lung cancer and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, gums, glands, bones, and teeth. It's also a good source of vitamin E, which may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, and lower the risk of death from bladder cancer.
The antioxidants in these green vegetables can help detoxify cancer-causing free radicals, and with 80 per cent of your daily vitamin C in just 1/2 cup, also help fight heart disease and ward off cataracts. Try sautéing your brussels sprouts with a little bacon or olive oil and mustard for a smoky kick.
Roasted or pickled, this root vegetable contains high levels of antioxidants that fight cancer, as well as lutein, which protects the eyes. But don't throw out those leaves! Beet greens are the most nutritious part of the vegetable and can be cooked like other dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach, mustard greens, and kale.
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