Health Benefits of Vegetables
The idea that good nutrition can help us stay healthy and prevent many chronic diseases has been around for a very long time. Hippocrates, a Greek physician who was born around 460 BC and is considered the “Father of Medicine,” is credited with the saying “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Thousands of years ago, he realized the importance of nutrition to good health and used diet and exercise to treat diseases such as diabetes.
Science has progressed greatly since then, of course. However, doctors and scientists still agree that the nutrients found in vegetables can greatly enhance our health.
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber all play a role in maintaining a healthy body as Healthline.com discusses in a recent article. The nutrient-dense, farm-fresh vegetables from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef’s Garden are a great source of these components!
Looking for some guidance as to which vegetables may give the “biggest bang for the buck,” nutritionally speaking? Medical News Today published a list in the fall of 2018 of some of the most healthful vegetables.
Also, The Chef’s Garden has many blog posts from over the years discussing the health benefits of vegetables we grow. A couple you may want to check out are:
And check out this March 2020 post from The Chef’s Garden, which explores many of the products we grow, the nutrients that make them such a healthy addition to our diets, and a summary of how they can be used in your kitchen.
Lastly, if you are interested in some scientific papers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is related to the National Institutes of Health, the following papers discuss the nutritional properties of certain vegetables:
- Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, relating to cardiovascular health
- Radishes, relating to diabetes
- Beets, and their many nutritional benefits
- Garlic, onions, leeks, and chives, relating to cancer prevention