Nature's Perfect Food
by Elizabeth Keyser
Think nothing's perfect? Think again. The foods known as "greens" are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, bursting with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. They're inexpensive, available year-round, and low in calories and carbs. And research has shown that increasing your daily intake of leafy greens by just 1 1/2 servings may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14 percent. (And yes, if you already have diabetes, it still makes a difference!)
In other words, they're nature's perfect food.
Most greens grow in cooler, less humid weather. For this reason, you can find fresh greens in winter at the grocery store -- and in farmer's markets (or your back yard!) during the spring and fall.
These nutrient powerhouses are well worth getting to know and learning how to prepare. Try a new one this week. Your body will thank you.
Carter, Patrice, Laura J. Gray, Jacqui Troughton, Kamlesh Khunti, and Melanie J. Davies. 2010. Fruit and vegetable intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus: systemic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. 341:c4229.
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