There’s a good reason why mothers all over the world run after their kids to eat green vegetables. From early childhood, mothers pester their kids to add broccoli, peas, French beans and a whole lot of green, leafy vegetables to their plates. Most of us have resented it and reached for a cheeseburger instead. But she was right and after all Mother’s know it all. But just why are green vegetables so important for our health and well-being? Let’s find out.
- Nix heart disease and cancer
Doctors have said that including dark green vegetables in your diet can help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and some forms of cancer. This is because of the presence of loads of antioxidants in many green vegetables.
- Keeps you hydrated
Green, leafy vegetables are a good source of water and can keep you from getting dehydrated on hot summer days. So, include them in your diet along with making sure you drink lots of fluid this summer.
- Get yourself some iron
If you’ve been experiencing hair loss lately, here’s another reason to reach for the greens. Many vegetables, such as spinach, are rich sources of iron, the lack of which can lead to hair loss. Other symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, brittle nails, weakness, and dizziness. Popeye, with his cans of spinach, probably didn’t suffer from any of these ailments.
- Keep your weight in check
Eating more green vegetables can make you feel full because they have fiber. A good reason to include them in your diet then, if you’re looking to shed those extra kilos because vegetables are low in calories. Eat more vegetables instead of starchy foods and say goodbye to those love handles.
- Look and feel youthful
Green vegetables are an excellent source of Vitamin K. This means consuming them would keep your teeth and bones strong. Vitamin K produces osteocalcin which is important for maintaining one’s bone health. The nutrient is important, especially for women after they step into their 30s, to keep osteoporosis at bay. The presence of Vitamins E and C in vegetables can keep your skin looking glowing and firm. Add greens to your plate and delay skin aging. Need one have a better reason to make friends with green vegetables?