Earlier people used to think that good and strong health is possible only by eating chicken, meat and eggs… But now this misconception is changing and people have realized the importance of eating vegetables.
India has around 49% of the population who are vegetarians. As per food experts each person should have atleast 300 grams of vegetables but most people do not eat so much. Vegetables are good source of natural fibre which helps in digestion. It helps to flush out toxins generated after eating meat, chicken and fast food items. Vegetables at the same time are good source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Tomato, carrots, cabbage and chili for example are good source of Vitamin A, which is necessary for body development and good eyesight.. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to night blindedness, pimples, stone, and delayed development in children.
Cabbage, tomatoes, green pea, brinjal, onion and carrots are also high in Vitamin B. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to Beri Beri, lack of apetite, weight loss, and decrees in body temperature.
Sweet potatoes, cabbage and certain fruits like, Aamla,lemon, Tamarind has lot of Vitamin C. Daily use of these in cooking helps to maintain Vitamin C in our body. The deficiency if this vitamin leads to Scurvy, and problems in gums. Vitamin C also boosts our immune system.
Similarly Spinach, pigweed, coriander, cabbage, French beans and other green vegetables provide good amount of iron and calcium for our body lack of which leads to anemia and bone problems.
Onion is a good source of iodine which helps in brain development.
So far we talked about eating vegetables but It is also important to cook vegetables properly. There are few instructions to follow:
- Use very less water when cooking vegetables.
- Always eat fresh vegetables as far as possible.
- Always wash vegetables before cutting. As after cutting it loses its nutrient.
- Never keep the vegetables cut for long. Cut them instantly before cooking.
- Try to keep the peel intact , it helps to keep the nutrient intact.