NUTRIENT CONTENT OF VEGETABLES
As in fruits, vegetables too are home for many
help protect the human body from oxidant stress, diseases and cancers,
help the body develop the capacity to fight against these by boosting
Additionally, vegetables are packed with
soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber known as non-starch
polysaccharides (NSP) such as cellulose, mucilage, hemi-cellulose,
gums, pectin...etc. These substances absorb excess water in the colon,
retain a good amount of moisture in the fecal matter, and help its
smooth passage out of the body. Thus, sufficient fiber offers
protection from conditions like hemorrhoids, colon cancer, chronic
constipation, and rectal fissures.
Vegetable nutrition has widely drawn the attention of fitness conscious as well as food scientists alike for their proven health benefits. Majority of day to day used vegetables are very low in calories. Celery is just 16 calories per 100 g. And again here is the long list of vegetables whose calorie is less than 20 per 100 g such as bottle gourd, bitter melon, cabbage, chinese cabbage, bok-choy, eggplant, endive, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard; etc. Scientific studies have shown that low-calorie but nutrient-rich foods help the human body stay fit and disease free.
Furthermore, human body spends a considerable amount of energy for the metabolism of foods, which is known as BMR or Basal metabolism rate. So just imagine…when you add lots of vegetable nutrition in the diet, in fact, you set to lose more weight than you would gain…Right!..This is the concept behind the "negative calorie foods."