Diabetes Forecast

Veggies to the Rescue

The answer to better nutrition is easy: eat more vegetables

By Lara Hamilton, RD, CDE


Even though Americans are advised to eat more veggies, most people fall short of eating the recommended amount of three to five servings per day. Some people say they like vegetables, but they forget to eat them. Some people say vegetables are hard to prepare or they purchase veggies that go bad before they eat them. Other people don't like the flavor of vegetables and say they taste bland and boring.

The truth is, it's easy to include more great-tasting veggies in your meals, but like anything, you have to make it a priority and introduce some simple changes into what you eat. First, let's talk about why more veggies are good for you:

  • Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber. They may help fill you up even while you're eating fewer calories in order to lose or maintain weight.
  • Nonstarchy vegetables are low in carbohydrate and won't raise your blood glucose levels as much as starchy vegetables, breads, milk, or yogurt.
  • Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that your body needs and may help prevent some types of cancers.

>> To boost your health with these power foods, see 16 ways to enjoy more vegetables.



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