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The Importance of Fruits and Veggies!

The Science Behind Everything Your Mom Always Told You!

Posted by nboleto - March 14th, 2014

Remember the good old days of having your parents making you delicious meals of big juicy steaks, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggies? It always went meat first and then potatoes second. Then you were conveniently “too full” to eat your vegetables and your mom would cut a deal with you that if you ate three more bites you could be excused from the table. Sound familiar? Well call up your mom right now and thank her for doing so.


Having grown up in a vegetarian household for the good majority of my upbringing, I personally never really experienced this. It was either eat your fruits and vegetables or don’t eat at all. Now being a college student, I appreciate the meals my mom made for me more than ever, but that is neither here nor there. I am here to tell you the great service your mother was doing you when you were young, and why you should carry on this quality she (hopefully) instilled in you.

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One major reason plants are important nutritionally comes from a dietary standpoint. Vegetables are very calorically sparse, meaning that they do not have very many calories per unit of volume. This works twofold because of the structure of the plant itself. Plant biomass cannot be digested or absorbed by the human digestive system, so it essentially occupies more of the stomach capacity. This means that vegetables keep you fuller longer and they have fewer calories than foods from the other food groups. For those of you worried about your daily intake of protein, allow me to let you in on a little secret: many vegetables, including broccoli and many other leafy green veggies, have more grams of protein per 100 calories.


Vegetables are also typically very high in fiber, which your body uses to regulate digestion, so that when you do eat foods that are high in saturated or trans fats, or even foods that are good for you, your body can efficiently use those nutrients and dispose of the wastes.


Basically, you want to build muscle? You need vegetables. You want to burn fat and shed some inches all over? You need vegetables. Veggies are also loaded with vitamins and minerals; these micronutrients aid the body in performing the basic tasks more efficiently, tasks that convert macronutrients into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which provides your body with energy. One of these vitamins, vitamin C, can be made in plants from glucose, making plants a very good source of vitamin C.

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Another aspect of plants, such as kale, is that they are loaded with antioxidants, which the body uses in the prevention of cellular damage, and as a Hermanite, you’re most definitely lifting heavy and tearing muscle fibers. Therefore, antioxidants will help aid you in recovery.


To sum it all up, your mom could not have been more right about the importance of eating your veggies. They will fill you up, keeping you in a healthy, moderate caloric state. They are great sources of protein and carbohydrates, and they do the little things (i.e. fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) better than any other food source there is. Now all you have to do is figure out how you would like them prepared and bon appétit; a delicious, nutritious, and balanced meal!

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