It is a well-known fact that vegetables have loads to offer in terms of health and nutrition. But it appears to be a much generalized statement giving every veg equal score. That certainly is not the case, for we have a vast variety of vegetables in all shapes, colors and sizes. So let’s narrow it down to five vegetables that belong to the same family, i.e. Cruciferae; these high-in-nutrition vegetables are cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale.
These are ranked as the Fantastic Five for the following nutritional benefits they have for us:
- Vitamins abundance – cruciferous vegetables are packed with vitamins A, C, K and B group. Vitamin A, as we know is good for eyesight, skin and other organs. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps fight off bacterial attacks. Vitamin K is essential for clotting of blood. Vitamin B group has its own benefits, especially for women’s health.
- Fibrous veg – All these are rich in fiber, and fiber is useful in clearing the gut and keeping the bowel movement healthy.
- Nutrients preventing cancer – there are certain nutrients that can only be obtained through consuming vegetables. These nutrients essentially help in keeping various cancers at bay. Our favorite fives are oozing with these nutrients.
- Source of calcium – cruciferous vegetables also have reserve of calcium. Added advantage is that it is present with vitamin K which is crucial in absorbing calcium. As we are moving away from dairy products we can still get calcified through these veggies.