Choose Your Vegetable for a Custom Health Boost
All vegetables are healthy. That is pretty well known. But how about you choose your vegetable based on a specific health need?
- A 1/2-cup serving of carrots is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for vision, especially night vision, and for helping maintain healthy skin. Carrots are some of the best things you can munch on for a snack. Nutritionally, eating carrots raw is fine, but cooking them until they are crisp-tender makes the nutrients more available. This is because carrots have a tough cellular wall that is difficult for the digestive system to break down.
- A 1/2-cup serving of broccoli is a source of vitamins Vitamin A and C. Vitamin C helps maintain healthy gums and teeth and also works with other nutrients to promote healing of cuts. Broccoli that has been cooked still has 15 percent more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as milk.
- A 1/2-cup serving of canned tomatoes offers a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. In fact, a can of tomatoes is loaded with vitamin C, fiber, potassium and iron. What makes these ruby gems even more special is their rich load of lycopene, which becomes more bio-available to your body when it is cooked.
- A 1/2-cup serving of snow peas is a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Fiber helps keep your digestive tract moving smoothly. Snow peas are a rich source of vitamin C and a source of vitamins A (as beta carotene). They also contain Vitamins B1, and B2.