7 reasons why you need to eat your greens

7 reasons why you need to eat your greens

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You’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but you really do need to eat your greens- here are 7 reasons why!

1. You’re probably not getting enough

Did you know that most Australians are only eating about half the recommended quantity of vegetables per day?

How many serves do we need?  You’re aiming for around 5-7 serves of vegetables per day, with a serve being around 75 g.

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2. Green vegetables are alkalising

Your body needs to maintain the pH level of your blood at a very specific level for optimal wellbeing.

All of the different foods that we eat have the potential to either be acid-forming, alkaline-forming or neutral once they are metabolised by the body.

Consuming too many acid-forming foods may lead to metabolic acidosis.

Happily green veggies like fennel, kale, celery, and Brussels sprouts all have an alkaline effect on the body.

3. Greens are full of fibre

If you’re like most Australians - you’re probably not eating enough fibre. Fibre is derived from the indigestible parts or compounds of plants, and is needed to help keep your digestive system healthy. 

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Greens that pack a fibre-filled punch include artichokes, endive, fennel, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach.

4. They give you energy

Green veggies like broccoli and kale are a good source of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is needed for the body to make carnitine – which transports fatty acids into cells to be used as a source of energy in a process is known as ‘fat oxidation’.

If you’re not getting enough dietary vitamin C you may start to feel low in energy, so give yourself a boost with plenty of greens. 

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5. Greens contain B group vitamins

Green leafy vegetables are good sources of some of the B vitamins:

Folate

Asparagus, spinach, broccoli and kale, are good sources of folate. Folate is needed by your body for healthy cell division, and DNA synthesis.

Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 is needed for energy production and skin health can be found in leafy green vegetables like asparagus, dandelion greens and broccoli.

Vitamin B6

Is needed for protein and carbohydrate metabolism and can be found in spinach, kale, cabbage and broccoli.

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6. Green veggies are good for your eyes

Green veggies like spinach and kale are a good source of lutein.

Lutein is a powerful antioxidant, which may help to protect the lens of the eye from UV radiation.

7. Nature’s healthy cocktail

Green veggies contain a mixture of phytochemicals – including carotenes, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and enzymes.

The phytochemicals play roles as antioxidants, support immune functions and aid detoxification in the body.

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