We all know that we should be eating our vegetables, but a certain category of vegetables is particularly important for good health: Greens. Greens include foods like spinach, kale, romaine––leafy vegetables. These foods are packed with an abundance of nutrition that make them particularly good to add into your Kaufmann Diet. Here are a few reasons why you should include plenty of green food in your Diet.
Incorporating greens into your diet is as easy as enjoying some type of salad on a daily basis; you can easily add other vegetables, some type of meat or fish, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. You can also cook foods like spinach and kale in a variety of delicious ways. Other options include juicing greens or adding them to smoothies. Regardless, here are some reasons why you should include greens into your diet more frequently.
Green Food Contains Chlorophyll
The thing that makes green foods green in color is the presence of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, of course, is the green matter in plants that allows them to turn sunlight into food for the plant. But as beneficial as chlorophyl is for plants, it is also good for we humans, as well. Chlorophyl is known to have a detoxifying effect in humans. Chlorophyl is thought to help protect the liver and aid in healthy digestion. It might be beneficial against cancer and help support healthy aging.
Green Food Contain Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
Eating greens is a lot like consuming a multivitamin; in many ways, eating greens to get abundant nutrition is better, because all the nutrients are coming straight from food! Here is some nutritional information on a few different kinds of greens:
Spinach is rich in a variety of nutrients, including vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, and manganese. Spinach is great raw, but gently cooking spinach can increase the bioavailability of the inherent nutrition.
Kale is revered as a health food, and for good reason: It is loaded with nutrition. Kale is loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It is rich in antioxidants like lutein and beta carotene. Kale is best consumed raw.
Chard is rich in potassium, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Chard also contains a compound syringic acid, which is thought to help control blood sugar.
Collard greens are a good source of calcium, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Collard greens are among the best sources of vitamin K, with one cup of cooked greens containing over 1000% of the RDA vitamin K.
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