Wednesday June 17, 2020
Low in calories, high in fiber, and with almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone.
A Mount Sinai Hospital published study showed that people who followed a mostly plant-based diet significantly reduced their likelihood of developing heart disease. This is because potassium, fiber, and natural antioxidants contained in veggies can help fight inflammation and regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Bring on the kale!
Veggies are lower in calories and contain higher amounts of fiber compared to dairy and meat. Therefore, incorporating more veggies into your diet can help you naturally lose weight. Click here for more weight loss tips!
- Starchy vegetables: Contain most/more sugar compared to most veggies. Examples include: peas, corn, squash, potatoes, green beans, and yams.
- Non-starchy vegetables: Contains little to no sugar compared to most veggies. Examples include: cauliflower, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cucumber, leeks, mushrooms, spinach, salad greens, and zucchini.
Hair and Skin Care
Looking for an inexpensive way for glossy locks and to feed the cells of your body at the same time? Eat colorful veggies! Check out what your hair (and body) needs to thrive below.
- The darker the green the better. Dark green veggies (such as kale, Swiss chard, broccoli) are abundant in vitamin A (retinol for your skin), vitamin C, and iron. These compounds are essential for hair growth and preventing hair loss. Vitamin C is also essential for the production of collagen which increases the skin’s elasticity.
- Red veggies such as red peppers and tomatoes contain lycopene and silica. Lycopene and silica help maintain your hair’s thickness and shine. These compounds are also great for your skin.
- Tip: Cooked tomatoes contains 30% more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Which other veggies are better for you cooked? Click here to find out!
- Blue veggies such as beets, purple cabbage, and eggplant, are rich in natural antioxidants, which are needed for healthy and radiant skin and UV protection.
- Orange veggies (especially carrots, sweet potatoes and orange bell peppers) contain beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin C. These compounds help lock in moisture and protect your hair and skin from free radicals and UV rays.
- White veggies (like onions and parsnips) contain high amounts of vitamin C. If you didn’t know, vitamin C is frequently considered the anti-aging vitamin. Want more vitamin C in your diet? Here is the list of top foods containing vitamin C!
- Did you know? Onion juice was recommended in ancient times to stimulate hair growth. Studies are currently being conducted to see if this ancient claim is accurate.
Even those of us who eat primarily whole foods and veggies aren’t entirely off the hook! Industrial agriculture is also slowly draining nutrients from the soil, spraying toxic chemicals, and polluting our water sources. Even the freshest fruits and vegetables may not be as nutritious as they were 15 or 20 years ago.
Only by knowing your farmer and understanding the practices they use to ensure fertile soil and low contamination can you trust that your food is really safe, sustainably grown, and nutritious. On our certified organic family farm we grow, pick and process our noni fruit for maximum potency and benefit to your body. We know most of you don’t live in Hawaii, which is why we publish so much information about our farm and our farming practices on our website! We believe transparency is the best policy when it comes to your health!
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