Yum Yum! We all know that vegetables are GOOD for us – especially organic ones! Here’s breakdown of the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables used in our products.
Kale: A member of the brassica family, which also includes broccoli, cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts, kale is known as one of the healthiest veggies on the planet! Kale is a great source of Magnesium: 40% of your RDI is in one cup. There is also 200% vitamin C in one serving, and 1,020% of vitamin K! The antioxidant vitamin K has been known to reduce the risk of cancer and help with blood clotting and bone health. Kale is also a great source of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Overall, an exceptionally healthy vegetable with many powerful benefits!
Onions: This common vegetable are one of the richest sources of quercitin, a very strong antioxidant known to inhibit cancer, fight off asthma, and ward off blood clots. Quercitin is also a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Onions are also known to lower blood sugar. They are also full of flavonoids which act as antioxidants with immune-enhancing properties. Try our gluten free onion rings to get your fill!
Tomatoes: This juicy fruit is packed with nutrients. Lycopene, the most popular, has demonstrated anti-cancer effects, specifically in studies with prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. The leptin in tomatoes is know to be a natural weight control mechanism, supporting the metabolism and weight loss. Tomatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties because of the bioflavonoids in their skin! Eat up!
Zucchini: This summer squash is known mainly for its antioxidant properties! Including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, zucchini offers eye protection, including protection against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. This squash is also high in B vitamins, which supports metabolism of sugar in the body and offers protection from diabetes. Additionally, the omega-3s in the seeds of the zucchini may provide anti-inflammatory properties. Yum!
I hope you enjoyed reading about nutrition as much as you enjoy eating your vegetables! Stay tuned for our next blog… and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @JustPureFoods