Vegetables are nutrient rich foods, and protect against various disease states. Some are more nutritious than others. Therefore, selecting the best vegetables for your health is extremely important. Vegetables contain many phytochemicals, including flavonoids and carotenoids, both soluble and insoluble fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. It is now recommended that you consume at least five servings of vegetables daily, as they can aid in keeping you healthy and thinner. Some body builders have been known to eat vegetables prior to competitions to achieve a ripped appearance for competition.
You should try to purchase your vegetables organically grown, and eat them either raw (in salads and sandwiches), lightly steamed or baked, or in soups or stir-fry. With most vegetables, if you cook them in water, most if not all of their nutrients get absorbed into the water. The so-called experts don’t always agree on the best vegetables that should be included in your diet. This list should be a good starting spot and include some of the most beneficial vegetables you can find!
Here is the list of the best vegetables to add to your diet:
All green leafy vegetables
Red and green peppers (watch for allergies)
Garlic and onions
Tomatoes (actually fruit, but are listed in almost every vegetable list (watch for allergies))
Mostly all of these vegetables contain carotenoids and fiber, and a few are cruciferous (of pasty/mustard-like appearance and texture, glycemic (influence blood sugar), and/or allergenic.