Why are veggies good for you? Good question, well I did a little research and the consensus it that a diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits provides vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that are essential for good health. Another benefit, they contain no harmful cholesterol and are low in calories, while the fiber makes you feel full.
- Several studies indicate that a high fruit/vegetable diet helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, type-2 diabetes, some types of vision loss, and gastrointestinal disease.
- A recommended serving of fruits and veggies per day is 2.5 cups for women and 3 cups for men. Children age 2-3 years old should eat 1 cup, increasing the quantity as they get older.
- There’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables to choose from and it’s important to eat a variety to get the full nutritional benefits.
Personally, I think growing and eating sprouted seeds is one of the easiest, least expensive and most convenient ways to increase the diversity of your veggie intake. For example, alfalfa seeds take a few days to grow and you can add them (super fresh) to salads, wraps, sandwiches, sauces, smoothies, stir frys and as a garnish to any meal.
Source of scientific studies: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health