Why Eat Vegetables?

Vegetables are an important role in dietary nutrition. Most are low in calories/ fat and can be very filling. They supply the dietary fibre needed for a healthy digestive system and are important sources of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Particularly the important antioxidants vitamins A,C and E.

Its recommended to have five to six servings of different vegetables daily to get all the varied nutrients needed for maximum health. Potatoes are not included in the count as they are mainly providers of starch.

The total amount will vary according to age and gender, and is based upon the standard portion sizes typically consumed, as well as general nutritional content. Most vegetables and vegetable juices, one serving is half of a cup and can be eaten raw or cooked. For leafy greens, such as lettuce and spinach, a single serving is typically a one full cup.

To get the full nutritional benefit its important to eat many different coloured vegetables as no single vegetable contains all the nutrients needed.

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge and should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. You should always consult a licensed physician or medical professional for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any weight loss or fitness regime.

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