8 Nutritious Vegetables, And 8 That Aren't As Beneficial As You Think

Vegetables' unquestioned status as a health food has existed for years. For generations, mothers have denied their children dessert before they finished their vegetables. Health fanatics shove vegetables into blenders to choke down the "delicious" green-colored, earth-tasting sludge.

Nutritious Vegetables

If you're looking for a veggie that's as tasty as it is nutritious, radishes will certainly not disappoint. Besides being juicy and full of flavor, this root vegetable is extremely versatile, used in everything from salads to stews.

Do eat: Radishes

It may not wear a cape or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but broccoli is widely considered a superfood by nutritionists and medical professionals. As a cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is a valuable food in the effort to reduce inflammation.

Do eat: Broccoli

More than just holding space in the produce section as lettuce's smellier, tougher cousin, cabbage is a nutrient-dense vegetable that can add a stroke of good health and complex flavor to a variety of nourishing dishes.

Do eat: Cabbage

Cucumbers are one of our favorite vegetables for a number of reasons. First off, you don't have to cook them. Secondly, they are extremely refreshing. Finally, they make a good combination with just about anything — tuna, tomatoes, hummus, watermelon, you name it.

Do eat: Cucumbers

Like cucumbers, zucchini is also considered one of most easy-to-digest vegetables, which makes it a great choice for anyone who regularly experiences stomach woes.

Do eat: Zucchini

If you have yet to experience the deliciousness that is rutabaga, you're certainly missing out. Technically a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, this root veggie is crispy and juicy with a delightfully mild taste that makes it extremely versatile.

Do eat: Rutabaga

Like rutabaga, yams are another gut-friendly food, according to Kresser, because of their high amounts soluble fiber. An added bonus: yams are also a fantastic source of vitamins C and B6. In fact, just one cup of yams provides nearly 20 percent of the daily requirement for each of these nutrients.

Do eat: Yams

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