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Do White Vegetables Have Health Benefits?

In the rush to include the most colorful vegetables possible in a healthy diet, it’s possible you may be overlooking some very nutritious white vegetables, such as cauliflower, garlic, mushrooms, onions, turnips and white beans, according to Consumer Reports. Each of these veggies comes with its own set of special health-promoting features.

Low in calories, high in fiber, and with almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, vegetables are a cornerstone of nutrition. The fiber in vegetables is broken down into short chain fatty acids by gut bacteria, which then nourishes your gut and beneficial bacteria. Other health benefits include improved complexion, weight management, improved gut health, immune function, athletic performance, energy levels, and mental well-being.

Cruciferous veggies, in particular, are an important part of your diet, and cauliflower is part of this group. The isothiocyanates in these vegetables sparks hundreds of genetic changes, activating some genes that fight cancer and switch off others that fuel tumors.

The healing power of mushrooms is also indisputable. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, with about a half dozen really standing out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system which might, in turn, help fight or prevent cancer.

Many of these veggies, including cabbage, can be quite easily fermented. The fermentation process boosts the nutritional content of the food, producing essential amino acids, short-chained fatty acids, beneficial enzymes, certain nutrients and increases bioavailability of minerals. That is why I recommend eating two kinds of food every day; fermented and fiber-rich foods, to help optimize gut flora and your overall health.
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