Pointless Produce

We hear all the time that we should consume more vegetables. The idea being that they contain essential vitamins and nutrients to keep our bodies fueled. Unfortunately, not all veggies are created equally. Continue reading below to learn about some veggies you can skip.

  1. Celery: 1 8-inch stalk, provides a mere 1.6 percent of our daily requirement for calcium and 2 percent of our daily requirement for vitamin C. It does, however, boast a decent amount of fiber and vitamin K.
    • Try Instead: Carrots, which are loaded with eye-protecting beta carotene. Toss them into salads for a low-calorie crunch; braise them as a sweet summer side dish or slice them thin and add them to your favorite stir-fry.
  2. Cucumbers: Cucumbers contain 5 percent or less of our daily requirement for potassium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin C.
    • Try Instead: Purslane, a peppery herb that’s high in heart-healthy alpha linolenic acid (a type of omega-3). It’s also higher in beta carotene than spinach. Toss it in salads, fold it into omelets or use it as a crunchy green on sandwiches.
  3. Iceberg Lettuce: Iceberg is low in calories and offers some vitamins and fiber, other dark leafy greens contain much more vitamin A and C.
    • Try Instead: Romaine lettuce, which offers much more beta carotene than iceberg. Use romaine in a traditional wedge salad with blue cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette, or layer it on turkey sandwiches.

So there you have it, common foods with little nutritional value. So which veggies should you eat? A good rule of thumb is to look for green leafy veggies and other colorful varieties.


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