Good for You Food on a Budget: Vegetables
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Being on a budget shouldn’t mean skipping out on the benefits of fresh vegetables. Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. As an added benefit they are also cholesterol-free.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and choosemyplate.gov veggies are a great source of potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), and vitamins A and C.
Potassium helps maintain blood pressure. Dietary fiber from vegetables helps lower cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease. Folate helps the body from red blood cells and is important for women planning to get pregnant to have. Folate may reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida in fetal development. Vitamin A is a superstar of keeping eyes and skin healthy. It is also an important nutrient in protecting against infection. Vitamin C keeps gums and teeth healthy. It also aids in iron absorption.
It recommended that most people should have about three servings of vegetables a day. A serving of a vegetable can be a large sweet potato, two large celery stalks, one ear of corn or 12 baby carrots. For more information on serving sizes check out “What Counts as a Cup” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are the best vegetables to buy when you are on a budget from the EWG. It is also recommended that to get the most out of your vegetable consumption aim to each many flavors and colors of veggies.
Low-Sodium Tomato Juice