From: The South Beach Diet
Research shows that eating dark greens may help maintain good health
by reducing your risk of heart disease, some cancers, and several
other illnesses. They’re also rich in beta-carotene, folate, and
vitamins C, E, and K, which help protect against free radicals
(unstable oxygen molecules that can damage cells). Eating dark
greens regularly may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol,
promote normal eyesight, and improve gastrointestinal function.
Include these 10 nutritional powerhouses in your diet:
Kale (check out my kale chip recipe)
How Much Is Enough?
The most recent dietary guidelines published by the US Department of
Health and Human Services recommend consuming at least 3 cups of
dark-green vegetables per week, but if you’re like most Americans,
you don’t get enough.
eat a wide variety — both green and otherwise — throughout the week,
and you’ll take a big step toward providing your body with the nutrients