Go the green way!!

Go the green way!!

By Neha Ranglani  on: 19 December 2014
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When you were a kid, dint you mother stick your plate with green leafy vegetables and a typical child you made a fuss to eat them? But you did not realize then that it was for your best because of which you were asked to eat them. As per color therapy, green color has healing properties. Greens are loaded with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, K and B and phytonutrients like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin . Any form of green leafy vegetable once a day can keep you away from a host of health issues. Some of our greens include spinach, amaranth, methi, coriander, colocasia, lettuce, broccoli, drumstick leaves and so on.  So let’s check out the health benefits of green leafy vegetables:

  • Low in fat and calories,high in nutrients and low in cholesterol make it a perfect food for people on weight loss diets. It improves bowel movements and reduces constipation helping in losing those extra pounds.
  • Due to its high content of antioxidants and phytochemicals, it prevents heart issues. studies show that, daily 1 serving of greens can reduce heart disease risk by 11%
  • Since it is high in magnesium and low in glycemic index, it is a wonder food for type 2 diabetics.
  • The high level of vitamin K in greens makes them important for the production of osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health.
  • They are rich in iron and calcium important for blood and bone respectively. 
  • Greens are rich in beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A essential for the repair of skin, protection of eyes and strengthening of immune system. It prevents night blindness and keeps the skin radiant.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin are eye protectors. They prevent cataract and age related macular degeneration, major cause of blindness in elders.
  • Green veggies have carotenoids, flavonoids and other powerful antioxidants which have cancer preventing properties. Different greens can prevent against skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and so on. They retard ageing process and prevent age related disorders like Alzheimer’s.
  • High levels of potassium reduce blood pressure.
  • Folate found in them is a prerequisite for pregnant ladies to prevent miscarriage and for proper growth and development of the baby. It is also needed for repair the cells and improving blood levels and reducing amino acid homocysteine in the body which is responsible for heart problems.
  • Chlorophyll in the greens has anti-inflammatory properties, helps in wound healing and increase oxygen flow to all the body parts.

How to cook them?

  • Wash the greens under running water to remove dirt or rest them in a bowl of water for the dirt to settle at the bottom.
  • Sauté the greens in little oil or blanch them.
  • Do not overcook the greens as it causes loss of nutrients and change in the colour from bright to olive green,
  • Add the greens at the end if the cooking to reduce losses.

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