|This is Rainbow Chard. Pretty, huh? I doubt that I will |
ever be able to find it here in Montana, so I guess I had
better grow some next year!
What's the best vegetable to eat? All of them.
The phytonutrients, and therefore the benefits, of certain fruits and vegetables are often associated with color! Here is a breakdown of SOME of the nutrients found in these colorful foods:
Foods: Cauliflower, garlic, pears, turnips, onions
Nutrients: Quercetin & allicin
Function: Healthy bones, support arterial function, promote cardiovascular health
Foods: Pineapple, lemon, yams, apricots, carrots, mangoes, chickpeas, yellow pepper
Nutrients: Carotenoids and bioflavonoids
Function: Skin hydration, immune function, eye and heart health
Foods: Pink grapefruit, tomatoes, cranberries, red cabbage
Nutrients: Lycopene and ellagic acid, antioxidant compounds
Function: Heart health, memory function, protect your blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and ligaments from damage, urinary tract health
Foods: Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, asparagus, green beans, kiwi, zucchini
Nutrients: Calcium, lutein, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids
Function: Visual health, antioxidants, strong bones
Foods: Prunes, eggplant, grapes, beets, red cabbage, blackberries, blueberries
Function: Heart health, anti-inflammatory, memory function
So you see, there is not just one "best" vegetable. They are all great! Eat a variety for outstanding health benefits!