Why is it important to eat vegetables you ask? Eating vegetables provides health benefits. 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. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Here are a few benefits of eating vegetables :
- Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
- Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as a part of overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
- Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
- Diets rich in foods containing fibre, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart diseases and obesity.
- Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary, folic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
- Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections. Vitamin C helps heal to pretext against infections. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.
- Folic acid helps the body form red blood cells. Women of child bearing age who may become pregnancy should consume adequate folic acid from foods, and in addition 400mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements.