Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2019)
Health benefits of vegetables
Author(s): Ramya V and Priya Patel
Abstract: Vegetables are indispensable for equilibrated diets since they contribute a crucial source of nutraceuticals in daily human life. The nutraceuticals are the substances found as a natural component of foods or other ingestible forms that have been determined to be beneficial to the human body in preventing or treating one or more diseases or in improving physiological performance beyond adequate nutritional affects in a way that is relevant to either improved stage of health and well-being and reduction of risk of disease. These components can be beneficial antioxidants, natural colorants (e.g. carotenoids), minerals, vitamins, which often have added advantages. The promotion of healthy vegetable products has coincided with a surging consumer interested in the healthy functionality of food. Each vegetable comprise a unique combination of phyto nutraceuticals which differentiate them from other vegetables. Vegetable intakes have been highly correlated with improved gastrointestinal health, reduced risk of heart attack, some types of cancer and chronic ailments such as diabetes. This chapter makes a review and discusses the health benefits of commonly used vegetables.