Eat your vegetables! Everyone knows they should, but many do not get the required daily allowance. Partly because of availability and partly because of taste, vegetables get overlooked when it comes time to chose a healthy snack or side dish. Perhaps an increase in knowledge will increase vegetable consumption across the board. Below we have some of the more popular myths about vegetables. See how many you believed!
Potatoes get a bad rap, because when they are fried to oblivion they are only a shadow of their potential. Potatoes are high in potassium, they are extremely filling, and if portions are kept under control, they are perfectly healthy. An added bonus is a potatoes is consumed cold (potato salad) it has resistant starch which is great for weight loss in moderation.
The carbs in corn are complex and a single ear provides 15% of the daily needed fiber. It is full of Foliate, and it can be filling when added to salsa, soup, or eaten right off the cob. Corn gets a bad rap because of Corn Syrup, but whole kernel unprocessed corn is a great nutritional choice.
Iceberg lettuce is very nutritionally dense. It received a bad rap in the past year or so because of a documentary against fast food restaurants that pointed out that Iceberg is on the lower end of nutritional values when it comes to the lettuce family. Sure it may not be as rich as its cousins, but iceberg is high in vitamin K, fiber, and many other nutrients that should not be overlooked.
There is no such thing as a negative calorie food. Celery is very low in calories, high in water, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cancer risk. It may not be a negative calorie food but it is worth every bite. Wash celery well before consuming to reduce the occasional bitter taste.
There is a myth that low carb/high protein diets are deficient in vegetables. Most people who follow these popular diets to the letter actually intake significantly more vegetables than people who follow no diet plan at all. There are many vegetables permitted on low carb diets, and even vegetarians can modify the plan to fit. The low carb dieters who say they had a steak and egg for breakfast and bacon for lunch with no veggies, are likely not doing the diet the way they are meant to.