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Posted on 09-16-2014

Chiropractor in Portland Says: Eat Your Powerhouse Veggies!

Powerhouse Veggies | Dr. Samantha Stuart | Portland, OR

Nutrition is a huge factor in your overall health, so how do you know what foods carry the biggest nutritional punch per calorie? A recent study from William Paterson University analyzed a list of 47 fruits and vegetables and came up with some winners and—well, not exactly losers (the study did not examine levels of important phytochemicals in the foods) based on established FDA standards for vitamins and minerals like the B vitamins, Vitamin C, iron, niacin, folate, riboflavin, etc. Our chiropractor in Portland just recommends not boiling these veggies (using other cooking methods is all right) in order to preserve these awesome nutrients. And the winners are…

Wellness Care, Nutrition, Power House Vegetables and You

Run to your organic grocer (or your own garden) and grab these nutritional powerhouse vegetables now for a wellness care boost:

  • Watercress
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Swiss chard
  • Beet greens
  • Spinach
  • Chicory

Notice that these are your legendary leafy greens mom always tried to get you to eat? She was right: salad is your friend!

But what about those tasty yellow, orange, red and purple-colored fruits and veggies that you love so much, you might ask? Although these managed to fall into the bottom half of the powerhouse list (in terms of the nutrients analyzed)…

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Scallions, Leeks, Garlic
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Berries (gasp!)

…do not banish them out of your kitchen! We know, for example, that berries of the “blue” and “straw” variety come packed with a host of antioxidant phytochemicals like flavonoids, while sweet potatoes are full of fiber and yet more phytochemicals. Invite all of the colors of fruits and vegetables to your table!

Yet clearly, if you have been skimping on the leafy greens lately, our chiropractor in Portland highly recommends leafing it up at the dinner table. These veggies clearly offer a major boost when it comes to protecting you against numerous cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Now we want to know: what are your favorite ways to prepare and eat these leafy green powerhouse vegetables?

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