- Help regulate metabolism and burn body fat
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Help protect against heart disease
- Help protect against cancer
- Promote digestive health
Cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. are "cruciferous vegetables". These veggies contain a potent range of disease fighters. One specifically is sulforaphane, which may increase enzymes that lower the incidence of colon and lung cancers. Sounds like
a salad for me!
Sweet Potatoes. They also contain phytonutrients which promote heart and eye health and boost immunity. The are flush with beta-carotene, which is believed to lower the risk of breast cancer and vitamin A,(which may reduce the effects of smoking. Oh, that's great! I love sweet potato pie! (Hmmmm, I some how don't think baking them with sugar, butter, etc. is what they had in mind....)
Blueberries. Fresh or frozen, they contain large levels of antioxidants, which combat the damage done by inflammation. They also contain natural plant compounds, which give them their deep color, that may have antidiabetic effects as well. New research suggests blueberries might protect the heart muscle from damage. Yum!