I found this on Buzzfeed and thought it was pretty cool and very relevant to everything I write about on here. Apparently, an organization called Food Day, which does some pretty awesome things like host the annual Food Day (it’s October 24), make a ranking of the best vegetables to eat based on nutritional bang for your buck. They considered calories, Vitamin K, Lutein, Vitamin C, Potassium and Fiber and from that, came up with a score and a rating system. (If you’re wondering what Lutein is, its a carotenoid that’s important for your vision). Those that scored about 150 on the Food Day scale are considered “Superstars.”
So, these are the top 5 Superstars according to Food Day:
- Spinach, raw and cooked
- Collard Greens
- Swiss Chard
- Turnip Greens
These aren’t suprising, but the lesson to learn here is that eating a lot of greens is important. You can work greens into just about every meal you’re eating whether it’s by sneaking spinach into your breakfast smoothie or your scrambled eggs, by making a salad out of baby kale or by lightly sauteing swiss chard and turnip greens with kidney beans for dinner. Just make sure you get your greens!
And these are the least healthy vegetables according to Food Day:
- White Button Mushrooms
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Spaghetti Squash
The first four on this list weren’t too surprising, they’re light-colored vegetables and usually the color denotes a high nutrient content. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be eating them. You just shouldn’t rely on these vegetables for all of you nutrient intake. Spaghetti squash was a little surprising to me though. According to Food Day’s chart, the only reason to be eating spaghetti squash is the fiber content. It’s still a good substitute for pasta though which is very low in fiber (and calories)
So, did you see any vegetables on the list that surprised you? Let me know!