Green vegetables, also known as leafy green vegetables, salad vegetables, garden herbs, leafy green salads, or just green vegetables, are the fleshy plant parts consumed as a vegetable, with stems and often leaves attached to the stems. In Eastern Europe and other parts of Europe, green vegetables are still a significant part of the diet, but many people in the Western world have become accustomed to eating much more fruits and vegetables. With this change in preference, the popularity of green vegetables has greatly diminished. However, while they are no longer as popular as they were a decade ago, they have regained a bit of popularity in certain regions of the world. One reason for this is that it has been discovered that there are a lot more health benefits to consuming green vegetables. While they still do not pack as many health benefits as fresh fruits and vegetables, they do pack a lot of nutritional value, which makes them more desirable.
A lot of research has been done on the benefits provided by the intake of greens such as spinach, kale, lettuce, and collard greens. All of these vegetables are rich in a wide range of nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them beneficial additions to any diet. Some of the most important benefits of green vegetables are that they are low in fat, and because they are rich in water content, they are easily digested by the body, so there is little if any additional calories consumed when you eat them.
Studies have also shown that there are high levels of vitamins a c, and k, magnesium, potassium, iron, thiamin, and folate in greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens. Studies have also shown that the vitamins a c, and k, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium that are typically found in fruits and vegetables provide a much higher amount of antioxidants in greens that are rich in these nutrients. The presence of antioxidants provides a number of health benefits to the body including lowering the risk of cancers and heart disease, improving skin tone, reducing the risk for diabetes, slowing down the aging process, and lowering blood pressure. Some of the antioxidants can also prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.