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Seven Reasons to Add Leafy Greens to Your Diet

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Leafy greens can be consumed raw in salads or smoothies, or lightly cooked or steamed. Whichever way you eat them, they can play a crucial role in keeping you healthy. We’ve listed seven reasons why you should eat more greens.

  1. Greens contain vitamin K. Inadequate levels of vitamin K can lead to heart disease, arterial calcification and fragile bones. Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin K will help your brain to function properly.
  2. Leafy greens contain plenty of soluble fibre which can help to lower your cholesterol.
  3. Leafy greens contain carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin which protect your eyesight. Carotenoids may also help reduce your risk of some cancers.
  4. Leafy greens are high in antioxidants, beta carotene and alpha carotene which may help to reduce your risk of Type II diabetes.
  5. Slightly bitter-tasting greens like swiss chard, kale and mustard greens contain plenty of calcium and they are a tasty way to boost your daily intake.
  6. Greens belonging to the brassica family such as kale and cabbage will help keep your colon healthy, reducing the risk of colon cancer.
  7. Greens are great for weight management since they are filling and low in calories, so tuck in.

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