A lack of vegetable intake is the fifth-leading dietary risk factor for death and disability. If Americans would eat the minimum recommended dose, it would save 100,000 lives annually. So, eat vegetables as if your life depends on it. Studies show that different vegetables have different effects on our bodies. It’s good to eat a variety of vegetables: leafy, non-leafy, green, and not green.
Examples: Asparagus, beets, peppers, carrots, sweet corn, garlic, mushrooms, onions, purple potatoes, pumpkin, sea vegetables, snap peas, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini.
Daily recommendation: 2 servings per day
Note: Eating a variety of vegetables ensures access to many different nutrients.