Vegetables are the most power-packed parts of our meals. We derive greater part of our nutrition from vegetables. The word “vegetable” comes from the Latin word “vegetabilis”, which means “growing and flourishing”. And it is exactly what vegetables help our bodies to achieve; nutritional growth and flourishing health. Vegetables are low in calorific value, but are astoundingly high in nutritional value.
All vegetables are more or less nutritional, but some vegetables are incredibly more beneficial to us than others. Few such incredibly nutritious vegetables have been listed below.
Spinach is an arsenal of nutrients. It has low calorific value but a splendid profile of nutrients. It is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin K and many antioxidants.
Nutritionally, 100 gm of spinach can provide 187% of daily requirement of vitamin A, 46% of vitamin C, 15% of Iron, 19% of magnesium and good amount of other minerals like calcium,sodium, potassium etc.
Studies have found out that spinach is rich in antioxidants, lutein and beta-carotene, which are beneficial in protecting us against cancer.
Broccoli is also known as brain food, as it helps in enhancing mental prowess. Broccoli is a super food, and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium and many other minerals.
Nutritionally, 1 cup of broccoli provides 220 micrograms of Vitamin K. Also, 100 grams of broccoli can provide 146% of daily requirement of vitamin C.
Carrot is a nutritional super-food, packed with many vitamins and minerals. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. It contains very high amount of an antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has been associated with diminished risk of cancer.
A study shows that smokers who did not consume carrots even once a week, are three times more likely to develop cancer when compared to smokers who consumed carrots.
100 gm of carrot provides 334% of the daily requirement of vitamin A.