This is probably cliché since green vegetables are already a staple in our Nigerian diet. I just think I need to re-emphasize the importance for posterity sake and also to remind ourselves and not just indulge in because there are no alternatives. Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of a wide range of nutrients. If you’re looking to balance your diet with healthy foods, vegetables
and fruits are your best bet because they have a low glycemic index and are rich in: – Calcium and Iron: which are crucial to the development and maintenance of bones, teeth and other parts of the body. – Dietary Fiber: responsible for maintaining a healthy digestive tract and other body systems. It’s also important for proper bowel function as it helps reduce constipation. – Vitamins: they are an excellent source of various vitamins like vitamins A & C which are commonly known to possess a number of nutrients like calcium and potassium. The high level of Vitamin K present makes them important for the production of osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health. Folate (folic acid): helps the body form red blood cells – magnesium Benefits of green leafy vegetables Eating a diet rich in vegetables may:
- Reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke;
- Protect against and prevent the development of certain types of cancers;
- Lower blood pressure, and also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones;
- Help to reduce risk of bone loss;
- Help to lower calorie intake;
- Lower risk of certain types of eye diseases and digestive problems; and
- Lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
It’s important to bear in mind that green vegetables to be consumed must be fresh and in good condition. Before cooking or eaten raw, they should be washed thoroughly to get rid of germs and contamination that might counter their effectiveness.