The short answer is yes. Kale has been considered to be a super-vegetable for some time, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about all the other vegetables. All vegetables have benefits for the body.
There’s a reason why Popeye was always eating spinach. Considered to be the king of all superfoods, spinach has many health benefits. This leafy green vegetable was considered to be the original health food. It is packed with many important nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, vitamins A and E, protein, antioxidants, iron and fiber. Eating spinach once a day can do wonders for your overall health.
Parsley is a modest garnish, but very important when it comes to choosing healthy greens. Although it might be considered to be something we simply chop up and sprinkle on our meals, parsley has many benefits. On a per gram basis, parsley has four times as much folic acid, over three times the amount of iron and double the amount of Vitamin k and fiber than kale. Even if you sprinkle a little parsley on your food, it still packs a punch for something that many people consider just a garnish.
With its colorful roots, chard takes away the ‘ick’ factor when it comes to eating greens, especially for those who think that vegetables are a thing of evil. The green leafy blade on top of the red, pink and white roots is as healthy as it is colorful. Chard has twice as much magnesium as kale. For those suffering from magnesium deficiency, this vegetable is a knockout. A small portion will give you plenty iron and magnesium in one bite. Chard makes it the perfect pick-me-up if you’re having a tiring day.
Don’t throw away those beet greens just yet. While many of you might think that the roots of the beet are healthy, you need to pay attention to them. Beets are packed with vitamin E, calcium and potassium. Beet greens contain almost one-fifth of the daily recommended fiber intake per serving. You should munch on them if you need some fiber instead of tossing them in the compost bucket.
Is packed with nitrates, vitamins A, K and C, and beta carotenes. Watercress is also very beneficial for women since it contains PEITC, which is a naturally occurring compound.
Other vegetables such as Chinese cabbage and Collard greens are also considered superfoods since they contain many essential antioxidants, amino acids and organic compounds which are needed for the body to function properly.
Vegetables are very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and introducing phytochemicals. Those of you who believe that Kale is the only perfect vegetable, should take look into other leafy greens, too.
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