When you include them in your daily intake, you will be surprised by the following effects:
* Health promoting Effects include ;:
1- Get your body needs of important minerals like: Potassium, Calcium.Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Zinc, and Selenium in their natural forms.
2- Get important portion of your needs of vitamins like: A,B,C, and E in their natural forms. 3- Get additional amounts of naturally occurring bio-metabolites in the body like Glutathione which has powerful antioxidant properties.
* Disease fighting effects include :
1- Naturally occurring Anti-oxidants that act unspecific in the whole body to protect it from foreign noxious insults, examples are, Glutathione in Asparagus, Quercetin in Fennel, and Carotenoids in green leafy vegetables.
2- Phyto-chemical substances that were recently found to have specific effects on some organs or diseases, like :
# Inulin in Chicory and Dandelion greens lower blood sugar and helps diabetics regulate sugar level in their blood.
# Sulfur compounds in Garlic, Onions, Mustard greens, leek, water-cress and Radishes are powerful anti-cancer agents, they reduce blood cholesterol, as well as they have anti-bacterial effects.
# Rutin in Citrus fruits and Asparagus protects small blood vessels from rupturing in venous insuficiency disorders like varicoses and hemorrhoids.
# Lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes a healthy heart and prostate.
# Lutein and Zeaxanthin in Kale protect the eyes from macular degeneration.
3- Some plants like Artichoke,Chicory, and Dandelion have liver and bile cleansing effect, thus they may prevent gall stone formation, this may be of special interest to dieters as some diet plans induce gall stone formation.
4- Fibers fight colon cancers. They also reduce blood cholesterol.
5- Fiber containing foods are known as negative calorie foods, i.e. moving these fibers after saturated with water in the intestines consume more energy than the contain, as a result if you ingested 200 calories containing foods and the body consumes 300 calories to push them down,there is 100 calories subtracted from your intake as a bonus.
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To manage for consuming these 200-calories yourself, you will keep in mind that almost all vegetables contain less than 30-calories in 100 grams ( except Avocado which contains 161 calories in 100 grams), and except Dates, Bananas, and dried figs, almost all fruits contain less than 60 Calories in 100 grams.
These foods include all vegetables and fruits. A special mention should be given to the following foods :
Garlic - Onions - Cauliflower - Cabbage - Radishes - Cress - Tomatoes -Cucumber - Kale - Asparagus - Celery- Spinach - Avocado - Dandelion - Chicory - Broccoli - Beet greens/root - Parsley - Fennel - Thyme - Mustard greens - Zucchini - Bean greens - Sweet Potato - Apple - Raspberries - Lemon - Orange - Pineapple - Carrots - Sweet Peppers - Kohlrabi - Bananas - Grapefruit.
If your 2000 calories include counting of 200 of them to be coming from the mentioned foods, you actually deliver about 1750 calories to your body, and you enjoy the taste, flavor, and health benefits of them...