Produce Powerhouses: Fruit and Vegetables that Pack a Nutritional Punch
Everyone knows that consuming fresh fruit and vegetables can help us lead long and healthy lives. But most people don’t know that, when it comes to nutrition, all produce isn’t created equal. Indeed, some fruit and vegetables are much more nutritionally dense than others. Given that we tend not to eat all of the fruit and veggies that we should, it’s important to make sure that those we choose pack the biggest nutritional bang possible. Here are some that always come out on top:
Vitamin A: When it comes to Vitamin A, which plays a critical role in many of the body’s functions, including vision, bone growth, and the immune system, carrots always win the race. A half-cup of carrot juice provides 450% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A; one raw carrot will give you 175% of the RDA. Spinach, kale, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and apricots come in a respectable, though distant, second. There’s only one food that beats out carrots: beef liver. Really, which would you rather have?
Vitamin B6: To a large extent, Americans get most of their B vitamins...