Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yet Another Reason to Eat Your Green Leafy Veggies
According to this article at the Mayo Clinic website those with the highest intake of vitamin K reduce their risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by 45%. My first thought was what foods contain the most vitamin K? Here they are according to Nutrition data:
Amaranth leaves (not to likely to find those locally)
Except for the amaranth greens which I have never seen for sale in the US, we eat all of these, particularly spinach. After reading this article I may plant a little more parsley this year. ;-) You can never have too much nutrition from plants in my book.
Sadly I have not always been a fan of vegetables. In fact you could say I didn’t really like them. My mother has always hating cooking. If you liked veggies with texture my childhood home was not the place to be. Thankfully I taught myself to cook and now I love veggies, so there is hope for everyone, even your child. I truly believe one of the most important things we can give our children are healthy lifestyle habits. Experts say you have to introduce a new food at least a dozen times before children are likely to enjoy it. I say do whatever you need to get those veggies into your kids, especially the green leafy ones. ;-) Why am I mentioning that I have not always like veggies? It is very simple actually. Many people are under the impression that my diet has always been uber healthy. That is so far from the truth you probably would be shocked. I want everyone to realize that even a veggie hating meat eater can change their ways. I know I did. I will talk more about this in future posts.
Back to the article, which goes on to suggest that this data agrees with other studies which have shown that a diet high in green leafy vegetables is protective in terms of both additional cancer cell lines and other diseases. In my book this is just another reason to keep eating those greens. As I have said before, the more I read about nutrition the more convinced I am that a whole foods plant based diet is the way to go in terms of health.