baby bok choy with fermented black bean sauce and cashews)
I have written about this subject before but this article caused me to think about the topic again this morning. It basically says that the foods we don’t normally buy may be more nutritious than what we do purchase.
In this particular study they show that in the typical western “carrots were the most common source of beta-carotene, oranges and orange juice the most common source of beta-cryptoxanthin, spinach the most common source of lutein/zeaxanthin, strawberries the most common source of ellagic acid and mustard the biggest provider of isothiocyanates.” However there are other foods that are greater sources of all of these. “Switching from carrots to sweet potatoes would nearly double beta-carotene intake, say the researchers. Similarly papaya contains 15 times more beta-cryptoxanthin than oranges, while kale has three times more lutein/zeaxanthin than spinach. Raspberries have three times more ellagic acid than strawberries and one cup of watercress contains as much isothiocyanate as four teaspoonfuls of mustard.”
This more recent study agrees with the other study I have been fascinated with recently that looked at the raw produce that can inhibit cancer cell growth in the lab. Those vegetables were again the less commonly consumed ones. The list of those veggies is found in the link above. Eating a variety of vegetables seems to be key to getting all the nutrition that we all need for good health.
A few years ago I was a on a quest to buy at least one different food each time I went to the grocery store. The reason I did this was to push us to consume produce we wouldn’t normally. My hope was that we would learn to enjoy new things. Surprisingly my plan worked and our palates stretched to meet the goal. Kale is still not my favorite raw green, but I buy it and we eat it and it is growing on us. ;-)
Eating a variety of foods makes certain that we are getting a broader spectrum of micronutrients. The next time you are going to the grocery store to pick up the “usual produce subjects” pick up one thing that you don’t normally buy. You may find out you like it and variety is always good. :-)
I have found that there are many recipes on the web no matter what you buy. Type the name of the veggie or fruit into google and many recipes will be there for you to choose from. I have found some interesting recipes that way.
The sun is out and the skies are blue today. I am going to walk to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I will be looking for something out the ordinary in the produce section. I hope you do the same the next time you are at the store. Talk to you all again soon.