When it comes to vegetables, many people remember their childhood, when their parents forced them to eat broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and others, but they resisted and even now in adulthood they almost do not eat vegetables at all. But it is a great pity. Vegetables do not have as much energy value as, for example, some fruits, meat or dairy products, and therefore they are a great helper in maintaining body weight or a slight reduction, when a person does not want to receive a large amount of energy, but needs to be full.
Vegetables may not be the richest source of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but we find a large amount of vitamins (A, groups B, C, E, K), minerals (potassium, magnesium) and especially fiber. It is these beneficial substances that are essential for the body to function properly in the long run. In addition, they protect us from various diseases.
Fiber as such affects blood sugar levels, respectively sugar levels do not rise as fast as after a fiber-poor food, and can also have a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels. If we eat high-fiber foods, the digestion time in the stomach increases and we feel fuller for longer, so we don't tend to eat any sweets an hour after lunch. Sufficient fiber intake, ie approximately 30 g per day, has preventive effects against constipation and also before the development of colon cancer, which is unfortunately one of the most common type of tumor that occurs in the Czech Republic. Basically, fiber is a brush that cleanses our intestines from food scraps and then eliminates them from the body in the stool.
Various sources state that the daily intake of vegetables should be at least 300 g, but it can be 500 or 600 g, if person is able to do so. Of course, it is also important to follow a drinking regime so that the amount of fiber ingested can properly fulfill its purpose.
Therefore, you should eat vegetables in various forms and types daily, which you can include with each meal. Your body will be grateful to you in the future.