Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Comparison Between Raw And Cooked Vegetables

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Raw And Cooked Vegetables, vegetablesThere is always a common confusion that which one is better for consumption- raw or cooked vegetables? Well, both raw and cooked vegetables come up with certain set of advantages and disadvantages and hence the post below presents a short comparative study between the two.

Destruction of nutrients

It’s to mention that raw veggies are rich in Vitamins A, E & C and B-complex. Calcium and potassium are two other nutrients found in the raw vegetables. These vitamins are essential for god vision, healthy skin, production RBC, disease prevention, iron absorption and many other health benefits. But when you take to cooking the vegetables, especially in higher temperatures, these tend to lose out on these essential nutrients.

Digestion issues

On the other hand, it’s good to take your vegetables cooked as uncooked raw options lead to indigestion problems. Cooked vegetables assure smooth digestion, if not cooked oil rich.

Fiber content

Many a times the fitness experts and nutritionists advice to take to raw vegetables since these are enriched in good fiber content, The fiber rich diets can reduce cholesterol levels & help in preventing constipation & cardiovascular diseases.

Calorie loss

If you want to lose your extra pounds fast, opt for the raw vegetables. Actually, the raw veggies comprise of high fiber & water content which make them good low-calorie options. Thus, these can aid lower down your daily calorie intake without compromising on the needed nutrients for the body. When the vegetables are cooked, a great lot of water gets evaporated making the cooked meals highly calorie dense.

Health Benefits of Leafy Greens

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

green vegetables, leafy vegetablesWe all know that green leafy vegetables are good for health. They have several important vitamins and minerals which make our bodies healthier every day. It is probably the only food that has almost all important micronutrients needed by the body. It helps the body stay fit; it helps it heal the body after an illness and also gives a lot of immunity.

What are green leafy vegetables rich in?

  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin K

How do green leafy vegetables keep us healthy?

As you can see they have several nutrients. They help in regulate the process of blood clotting. It helps keep all cells of the body healthy by keeping them cancer free to some extent and reduces risk of arterial plagues. They also have several properties which help in preventing the onset of diabetes in some cases. They help in keeping bones strong which reduces the risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, especially in women. It helps deal with heart burns and even several inflammatory diseases. Green leafy vegetables also reduce the risk of developing arthrosclerosis.

Carb free

The best thing about green leafy vegetables is that they have the least amount of calories. So you can just load up your salads with green veggies, especially the dark ones to have stunning skin, healthy and well protected body. They are suggested to people of all ages and you should never skip these even for a day as that might lead to deficiencies.

Green leafy vegetables for better immunity

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

green vegetables, vegetables for better immunityEvery time your mother scolded you for not finishing the vegetables on your plate; she was probably doing a good thing. Recent research has shown that green vegetables contributed heavily towards your health and a balanced diet of every kind of vegetables may make your taste buds go yuck but they do a whole lot of good for your immune system. In a recent study, healthy lab rats were taken and treated to a diet lacking in vegetables. It was found after a few weeks that protective cells in the rat’s body completely disappeared! This act’s as a strong point that vegetables not only nourish your body but they also upgrade and make your immunity system stronger.

It is being said that every kind of vegetables, from the hated broccoli to many others helps your immunity system by releasing a kind of chemical signal that helps the immunity system to function properly. It has been seen that these chemical signals help the protective cells underlying the skin and the gut, known as the intra-epithelial lymphocytes to function properly. This shows that vegetables do not help out the immune system via a different route but act on it directly and affectively.

This is the clue for you to start on healthy eating and that means including a lot of vegetables on your plate. Junk food and soft drinks may taste good but they do nothing for your body. In order to stay fit and make sure that you stay away from infections and diseases, a good immune system is a must.