In part 3 of this blog we're looking at vegetables and their benefits to your health.
VEG: Eat vegetables with each meal
Here is some science - in addition to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) packed into vegetables there are also important plant chemicals that are essential for optimal function. Vegetables along with fruit provide an alkaline load to the blood stream, it's important to balance out these acids with alkaline rich vegetables and fruits. Too much acidity and not enough alkalinity can cause loss of bone strength and muscle mass.
Here is what you should aim for when looking at how much vegetables you have per meal:
- women should aim to have one fist size portion of vegetables
- men should aim to have two fist size portions of vegetables per meal
- aim to get at least one cupped handful of fruit also