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Unsung Vegetable Heroes

This week is National Vegetarian Week and we're all encouraged to go veggie for the week and enjoy delicious, exciting food. To mark the event, here are our 3 unsung veggie heroes to work into your daily menu.

Although scientific evidence is patchy, it is accepted that eating cruciferous vegetables help to reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress causes an overload of free radicals in the body and this can lead to inflammatory process and potential cancers.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains many nutrients which help with your general wellbeing including folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, Vitamin C, A and K. It is high in calcium as well - all which are needed for essential body function. 80g of this veggie hero will count towards your 5 a day. As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes cauliflowers and cabbage, these vegetables are found to have compounds which are linked to help to impede the growth of cancer cells.

Beetroot

Our second hero, beetroot, is a good source of iron and folate. It also contains antioxidants and magnesium and is rich in nitrates. As part of a balanced diet, along with reducing salt intake and maintaining a healthy weight, it is believed that the nitrate content helps to reduce blood pressure in the body.

Kale

Our final hero is Kale. Firstly, it is low in calories and has high protein and fibre content which helps with hunger and stabilises sugar levels. Secondly it is rich in vitamin A, C and K levels, folate and contains a level of omega 3 which is lower than fish but helps if you don’t like fish! With a host of minerals like phosphorus, potassium, calcium and zinc it's a true green goddess!