Your Top Ten Must Have Winter Vegetables
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Your Top Ten Must Have Winter Vegetables

The five essential elements of good health is nutrition, exercise, water, rest and a positive attitude. Living healthy for a healthier you involve you knowing and following the nutritional guidelines that can be found in The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, ChooseMyPlate.gov, which replaces MyPyramid.gov, provide you with practical and useful information to help you build healthier diets based on USDA's new food guidance.

Here are ten powerhouse winter vegetables that is a must have for your healthy living diet with heart healthy recipes for a healthier you.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers contain vitamin C, capsaicin, and flavonoids andcan help prevent blood clot reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Eating essential amounts of bell peppers may lower your risk of developing cancers that affect the lungs, colon, bladder and pancreas.

Broccoli

Contain antioxidants that help reduce the risk of stomach, lung and rectal cancers. Broccoli is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate, it is also good at boosting your immune system to help fight off colds and flus.

Brussels sprouts

An important vegetable for pregnant women, Brussels sprouts contain essential amounts of folic acid, a B-vitamin that prevents neural tube defects. Brussels sprouts are also packed with vitamins C and K as well as fiber, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids.

Carrots

Known to contain eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They're also the richest vegetable source of some important antioxidants, like vitamin A. And because they're rich in vitamin C, carrots protect your cardiovascular system from damage.

Eggplant

Eating essential amounts of eggplant packed with fiber potassium may reduce your risk of stroke dementia. High in heart healthy nutrients, eggplants are rich in antioxidants like nasunin (a unique compound that protects your brain cells from damage)

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Onions

People suffering from osteoporosis may well benefit from onions packed with peptide (GPCS.) That's because onions are loaded with a peptide called GPCS. Scientists believe that peptide can slow your body's loss of calcium. Full of Vitamin C and folate, essential amounts of onions may be helpful in the fight against heart disease and diabetes.

Spinach

Packed with chlorophyll an excellent source of almost every vitamin and nutrient you need. Scientists believe a diet heavy in spinach may be able to prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, and arthritis to osteoporosis.

Squash

Rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber, squash is a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene which is a good anti-inflammatory aid. Summer squash also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber help treat many conditions to include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma.

Sweet potato

A good source of fiber and iron, essential intake of sweet potatoes will give you energy as well as help regulate your digestive system. Sweet potato has dozens of anti-cancer nutrients like vitamin A, C and manganese...

Tomatoes

Whether you consider it a fruit or vegetable, tomatoes are packed with lycopene, tomatoes and its by-products are renowned for their cancer-fighting capabilities. Not only are they chock full of vitamins from vitamins A to K, they also help to keep our blood pressure in check and help to reduce the number of free radicals in our bodies.

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Comments (2)

Excellent list -- I love all these winter vegetables. : )

I love them all, delicious!

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