The evidence is clear that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the healthier you’ll be. Fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and provide antioxidants that may prevent a number of diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Evidence suggests that antioxidants are best acquired through whole-food consumption rather than as an over-the-counter pill, so eat your fruit and veggies at every meal!
Leafy salad greens and vegetables are also known as functional alkaline foods. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that alkalising diets improve bone density and serum growth hormone concentrations and also help to prevent muscle wastage. It also suggests that eating between five and nine serves of salad or vegetables a day can be a more effective strategy in prevention and treatment of chronic disease. A salad serve is about a cup or a large handful of leafy greens or half a cup of veggies.
Salads also act like a prebiotic in your gut. Prebiotics are non-digestible high fibre foods that stimulate the favourable growth of probiotic bacteria in the gut, which can boost your immune system and stimulate better absorption of nutrients from food. The word probiotic means prolife, so where possible choose foods that are life-giving.
Source: Australian Fitness Network
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