I've lost 10 pounds in the past three weeks by eating what the food pyramid reccommends and exercising more. As a result, I'm eating way more vegetables now than ever before and I was wondering about the nutrition data on certain ones that I eat a lot such as sweet green peppers, tomatoes, and carrots. According to NutritionData.com, most vegetables that I looked up were high in vitamins and minerals and low in fats and sodium. But one thing that bothered me was that most of the calories from these veggies came from the sugars! Since when do vegetables have sugar? Please help.
Great observation! The sugars in veggies are different from a table sugar. They are digested much slower and have lots of vitamins and minerals. To preserve these nutrients, DO NOT microwave food. It denatures (destroys) most of the antioxidants and nutrients.
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Choosing to eat more vegetables is a great plan for keeping your weight down and staying healthy. The carbohydrates and sugars in veggies are complex. They don't spike blood sugar like a donut or chips. When you keep your blood sugar level, your body doesn't turn the excess into fat.
And veggies have so much nutrition. Did you know that in Japan, the favorite meal is a bowl of veggies like bell pepper, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots? It is no surprise that, generally speaking, the Japanese are thinner and healthier than Americans.
All of those veggies have lots of fiber. Some of the fiber is soluble and some of it is insoluble. Soluble fiber draws toxins out of the digestive tract and insoluble fiber moves the waste along and out of your body.
For the sake of balance, don't forget to eat green veggies like lettuce (choose green leaf or red lettuce, anything with a deep color rather than iceberg) and chard and baby spinach and any of the cabbage family. Make a baby spinach salad with tomatoes, pepper slices and baby carrots. Use a tiny bit of walnut oil (olive is good, too) and red wine vinegar to season the salad.
You may want to steam (microwave) or lightly saute green veggies like broccoli (so they don't taste raw but are still crunchy) and serve with hummus (Trader Joes sells a terrific tasting all natural one that my son loves.) The trick is to eat mostly veggies rather than dip.
Just keep mixing different veggies together rather than eating all baby carrots or all tomatoes. That way you will get the max nutrition.
Congratulations on discovering the perfect diet to live a long, healthy life! Don't worry about the sugar in vegetables. Your brain needs the glucose and your body knows how to assimilate that kind of sugar. It's very different from the refined sugars in processed foods.
If you really want to avoid consuming too many sugars from eating so many vegetables, try
concentrated whole food formulas. The body gets instant energy by absorbing these nutrients rather than wasting energy digesting large amounts of vegetables.
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