Why You Should Include These 12 Vegetables in Your Meal Plan!

September 29, 2009

1. Radish

Radish was black in colour when they were grown in ancient Egypt in 2780 BC. Radish has anti-fungal as well as antibacterial attributes. Radish is rich in Vitamin C, trace minerals as well as potassium.

2. Sweet Potato Sweet potatoes are a rich source of antioxidants. Along with antioxidants they are also rich in calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C as well as thiamine. Sweet potatoes have high sugar content and should be used in moderation. Gorging on lots of sweet potatoes can cause swelling in the stomach and upset the stomach.

3. Tomatoes Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which is highly concentrated in a jelly-like substance surrounding the seeds. Tomatoes are also a rich source of lycopene, flavonoids as well as phytochemicals that reduces the activity of cancerous cells. Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, potassium and phosphorus are also present in tomatoes.

4. Broccoli Not many people know that Broccoli contain twice the amount of Vitamin C found in an orange. It has high calcium content and the calcium from broccoli is absorbed better. Selenium is a mineral that has both anti viral as well as anti cancer attributes and it is very much found in broccoli. Broccoli has antioxidants and is also a mild source of Vitamin A and E.

5. Celery Celery is the most wondrous source of sodium and it is quite high in potassium content.

6. Cilantro Cilantro is often used to cure urinary tract problems. It is excellent for the health of the stomach as it helps in digestion, eases stomach pain and provides relief from intestinal gas. Cilantro is an extremely useful herb and is used to cure nausea, headache, arthritic aches and soothe inflammation.

7. Parsley Parsley is used to ease digestion. It is extremely effective as a blood purifier and also stimulates the bowels and improves digestion. It is also an anti-carcinogen. You will be amazed to know that parsley has twice the amount of Vitamin C found in orange as well as twice the amount of iron found in spinach. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, copper and manganese. Try chewing a twig of parsley for naturally fresh breath.

8. Avocado Avocado has twice the amount of potassium found in banana. It is a rich source of monounsaturated fat which provides instant energy as it burns fast.

9. Kale Kale provides relief in lung congestion. It is good for the immunity as well as stomach and liver. Kale is a splendid source of calcium, iron, Vitamin A & Vitamin C, and chlorophyll. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of yellow carotenoid, which saves the eyes from macular degeneration is also found in kale.

10. Onions Onions are excellent source of antioxidants. Onions have anti-allergic, anti-viral as well as antihistamine substances. Sulphur found in onions detoxifies the body and eliminates toxins. Onions repair human cells and are also a rich source of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. Eat raw onions for maximum benefits.

11. Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds are good for improving immunity as it is rich in zinc. Raw pumpkin seeds have essential fatty acids as well as proteins; hence pumpkin seeds should be consumed in raw form for best health benefits.

12. Green Beans Green Beans are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium & Calcium. They are diuretic in nature and beneficial for diabetics.

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