Mom always told us to eat our vegetables, but she never really explained why.
Many vegetables are packed with phytochemicals-powerful plant nutrients like lycopene found in tomatoes and lutein, found in spinach and corn. Vegetables can also be bursting with potassium and fiber that may have a role in protecting against a variety of different diseases. So eating 2 ½ cups a day is important for good health.
One key to selecting the healthiest vegetables for your family is color. Look for vegetables that are orange, dark green and red. They are filled with advanced nutrients to help your body stay strong. And they also add color to your plate.
If you're eating canned, you're eating healthy, too. A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that recipes made with certain canned ingredients, including canned vegetables, are similar in nutritional and taste value to those made with fresh or frozen items.
In addition, a nutrition study conducted by the University of Illinois showed that canned fruits and vegetables generally provide as much dietary fiber and essential nutrients as their cooked fresh and frozen counterparts. In fact, canned corn has more lutein than fresh corn. And canned spinach has loads of vitamins A and C.
Remember the convience that canned vegetables provide. They are already cut, prepped and cooked. Just heat slightly or even eat cold. Using canned vegetables makes it easy to have dinner ready quickly and with less prep.
Now that you know what they can do, here are a few ways to add vegetables to your diet.
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Carrots are good for your body-and maybe your vision. You'll get 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A (or beta carotene) in a serving of canned carrots, which is important for healthy eyesight. So carrots may help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration and may help you see better at night.