Updated: Feb 23
Potato & Sweet Potatoes
Pros: Potatoes are a good source of fiber, which can help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. Fiber can help prevent heart disease by keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.
Cons: Potatoes don't have fat on their own; they become unhealthy with added toppings. On the good things in potatoes:
Other Roots & Tubers
Pros: Root vegetables are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. Root vegetables are also excellent sources of carotenoids.
Cons: The cons of root vegetables Fung warns that if you eat more carbs than your body needs, it will store them as fat, leading to weight gain.
Beets, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, and ginge
Onions & Garlic
Pros: Garlic is widely recognized for its ability to fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites. Onions are loaded with plant chemicals including flavonoids, which have both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
Cons: Onions contain compounds that can cause allergy symptoms like asthma, runny nose, nasal congestion, red eyes, itchy eyes and nose, and contact dermatitis, characterized by a red, itchy rash. The negative side effect of garlic consumption is its blood-thinning properties.
Pros: Helps you beat bloat and lose weight, thanks to its diuretic properties and high fiber content. A very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream
Cons: Asparagus contain sulfurous compounds that on digestion smell like rotten eggs.
Pros: Cancer Prevention. Zucchini contains several other compounds that can play a role in preventing oxidative stress, helps with Diabetes Prevention and Management.
Cons: Raw zucchini, the bacteria in your gut feasts on the cellulose and, in addition to enzymes, help to break it down. However, as the bacteria feed on the cellulose, they release methane gas which is what can then cause you to experience bloating or gas buildup.
Cabbage & It's Cousins
Pros: Raises levels of beta-carotene, lutein, and other heart-protective antioxidants. It also helps lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein), which is linked to hardening of the arteries. And since it eases inflammation, it can help prevent heart disease.
Cons: High in fructans, a type of carb that individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often have a difficult time digesting. Even with low intakes of cabbage, people with IBS may experience symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are hardy and versatile.
Pros: Packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber but low in calories. A diet rich in leafy greens can offer lots of health benefits including reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline
Cons: Make sure to clean your produce well. Leafy greens can also carry contaminants like E-coli and other harmful bacteria.
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