Vegetables…..”Do I have to?”

Eating veggies provides health benefits…people who eat more veggies and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. 

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One of the main health benefits of veggies is their high nutrient content. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that contribute to growth and the maintenance of good health. Various vitamins such as C and A help keep eyes, skin, teeth and gums healthy, fight infection and promote wound healing. Perhaps the most important are veggies are rich in a particular group of nutrients called antioxidants, which fight cellular damage and help prevent heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart attacks, and Alzheimer’s. Veggies are also generally low in fat and calories, you can eat a lot of them without gaining weight. When choosing veggies, keep in mind that in general, brightly colored veggies are higher in nutrients than less vivid colors. For example, spinach contains more vitamins than lettuce.

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