There is a common notion that the more colorful a plant food, the more nutritious that it is. And while that may be true, this is not an indication that white or pale veggies should be over looked. At least not according to a recent study published by the American Society for Nutrition.
A friend of mine talks all the time about eating from the rainbow. And just the sight of colorful plants like rainbow chard gets her excited about the potential of the nutrients abundant in the food.
Sadly though, there is the unfortunate side effect that she looks at a parsnip as a dull lifeless carrot, and a white potato as a yam with the nutrients sucked out of it.
These pale vegetables are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium, and often they are much more affordable than there colorful cousins.
The point I guess is not to dismiss them, and certainly not to look at them as unhealthy, or only containing empty or negative calories.
So, if you enjoy onions, fennel, parsnips, cauliflower, and potatoes and are consuming them regularly, you are doing your body some justice.
While raw may not be as appealing for some, lightly steamed isn’t a bad choice.
Have a peek at this article which talks about the health benefits of specific white vegetables.
Are nightshades really bad for you?
Now I know what you might be thinking. Is he really suggesting we resort to eating nightshades? That has been a common point of dissension since this post has been published. We address that here.
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