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The Real Reason You Should Eat Your Veggies

"You have to eat your veggies. They're good for you!" says every mom ever.

When I was growing up, I had a 3-bite rule - I had to take at least 3 bites of my vegetables before I finished dinner. Eating my veggies has always been a requirement.

It's true! Vegetables are extremely good for you...but for more serious reasons than you think.

Did you know vegetables actually PROTECT your DNA?

Yep. Here's how:

Dark green vegetables can protect us from DNA methylation - a process which modifies the function of genes and can lead to cancer.

Essentially, the more spinach, kale, and other leafy greens consumed --> the lower cancer risk.

Cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, brussels sprouts, etc.) have their own fighting powers against cancer and other diseases by producing ICTs, a compound with proven anti-cancer activities.

Green veggies also help fight against:

Cervical dysplasia • Laryngeal papillomas • Ordinary warts • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) • HPV (human papilloma virus) • Hepatitis

So, yeah, I guess you could say that vegetables are good for you.

Here's how to add more vegetables into your diet:

  1. make an omelet or egg scramble with vegetables for breakfast

  2. add veggies on your sandwich at lunch

  3. go meatless at least one day per week

  4. create veggie-heavy meals like stir fry, salads, pasta with veggies, loaded veggie pizza, etc.

  5. give yourself a goal or make it a competition with your family to see who can eat the most in a day

  6. check out some of the recipes on my site!

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