We’ve all been told to “eat your vegetables” at one point or another in our lives. We know the basics – the more colorful your plate, the better. But is eating vegetables really as necessary as everyone says? Or were our mothers exaggerating about the power of veggies? Celebrate National Vegetable Day with us and find out the truth once and for all.
True or False- You should have two to three servings of vegetables each day
False! The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you have between five to nine servings of vegetables a day. This is because veggies are full of fiber and add a large amount of nutrients to your diet with a low amount of calories.
True or False- Vegetables can stifle your appetite
True! Vegetables are full of fiber. That means when you eat them, you get fuller faster. You can also eat large portions of veggies because your body breaks down the calories quickly while you are eating them.
True or False- Raw vegetables are better for you
False! Vegetable nutrition can go up or down, depending on the way that it is prepared. Some produce is most nutritious when cooked, like corn, while others are most nutritious when raw, like onions.
True or False- Vegetables are fat-free and cholesterol-free
True! Vegetables for all intents and purposes are both fat-free and cholesterol-free. About 95% of vegetables contain less than a gram of fat per serving.
True or False- All vegetables are created equal
False! Canned vegetables have more sodium than fresh veggies. Sometimes canned vegetables can have up to half the recommended daily amount of sodium, which is between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams. People with hypertension and heart disease should be aware of this.
True or False- Vegetables can cause excessive gas and bloating
True! Because of the excessive amount of fiber, vegetables can have a gaseous effect on our bodies. The veggies that pack a massive punch are broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and asparagus. To avoid this gassy side effect, add fiber into your diet, little by little.