If you are trying to eat a healthier diet, there is no doubt that you will be using a lot of vegetables. We know that eating lots of vegetables is the foundation to becoming more healthy, but not all vegetables are equal in the amount of nutrients they provide. When most people are asked which vegetables provide the most health benefits, they will typically think of spinach or broccoli, and these are fantastic choices. However, there are several underrated vegetables that may not immediately come to mind, but are packed with important nutrients. Here are some of the most underrated healthy vegetables that you should be adding to your diet.
1) Cabbage- Most commonly used in coleslaw, this powerful vegetable is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, anthocyanin, potassium, and much more. Cabbage is great for improving brain function, anti-inflammation, fighting cancer and more. Make sure to start using this powerful vegetable for these great health benefits.
2) Brussel Sprouts- This vegetable has been the butt of jokes for decades, and it is commonly believed that these vegetables are terrible. However, brussel sprouts are fantastic for your health, and can be delicious if prepared properly. This powerful vegetable is arguably the best fighter of cancer of any other, and it is full of immune system boosting nutrients. They may not have the best reputation, but don’t miss out on their great benefits!
3) Carrots- Most people are aware that the beta-carotene in carrots help improve our eyesight, and even help boost our night vision capabilities. However, this is not the only health benefit of this salad staple. Carrots are also helpful in fighting macular degeneration, and they have powerful antiseptic characteristics that help kill bacteria, boost healing abilities, and fight disease. If applied topically, carrots can reduce infections, and help heal wounds quickly.
4) Onions- There is no need to cry while chopping onions because they are actually fantastic for your health! Onions are packed with thiosulfinates (the same compound that causes tears), and these help thin blood, and keep platelets from clumping which results in a lower risk of strokes. Onions are packed with nutrients, and can kill H pylori bacteria, resulting in a lower chance of developing stomach ulcers.
These are the first 4 healthy, underrated vegetables on our list. Make sure to keep an eye out for part 2 of this entry where we discuss our final 4 vegetables. If you would like some guidance on how to eat for a healthier life, contact us today!