7 of the Most Underrated Vegetables Packed with Nutrients

Anyone looking to improve their diet in order to take in more nutrients or to eliminate unhealthy eating habits knows vegetables are one of the best ways to do so.

With an incredible variety of tasty and healthy vegetables available, the possibilities are nearly endless, making it easy to incorporate many different types of vegetables into your dieting plans.

Although there are several go-to vegetables that come to mind for many, the unique options listed below are some of the world’s healthiest and underrated vegetables, and provide healthy and interesting alternatives to more standard choices.

#1: Asparagus

While often written off as a tasty side dish for steaks and fish, asparagus is far healthier than many people understand.

Asparagus comes rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, riboflavin, selenium, and thiamin.

Additionally, asparagus also comes loaded with folate, which studies show is beneficial to health while staving off disease.

 

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#2: Garlic

Another highly underrated vegetable, garlic is full of allicin, a compound which is shown to have remarkable health benefits.

Garlic has a long history of being associated with medicine, and has a noticeable effect on both heart health, as well as the body’s ability to regulate sugar.

 

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#3: Ginger

Ginger is another extremely healthy plant which can be used in a wide range of ways, making it a versatile and effective addition to a healthy diet.

Studies show that ginger contains properties which are helpful in combatting inflammation, and has been proven to help diabetes patients reduce blood sugar.

 

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#4: Sweet Potatoes

This root vegetable is known for being packed with nutrients, and is loved for its robust flavor and hearty color.

While not commonly thought of as a health food, sweet potatoes are rich in protein and fiber, as well as manganese, potassium, and several vitamins including beta-carotene.

Sweet potatoes are also shown to have a profound effect on cholesterol, as well as staving off certain types of cancer.

 

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#5: Red Cabbage

Loaded with nutrients, red cabbage is one of the healthiest cruciferous vegetables around, and contains fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Red cabbage also contains compounds called anthocyanins, which are known for providing a powerful health boost.

Studies have indicated that red cabbage can be helpful in fighting inflammation, as well as heart and liver disease.

 

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#6: Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is also known as a “turnip cabbage,” and can be prepared in a variety of different ways.

This vegetable is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, and is shown to be effective at fighting off diabetes and inflammation.

 

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#7: Green Peas

A starchy vegetable, green peas highly nutritious, and contain protein, fiber, and vitamins, along with several other nutrients including niacin, riboflavin, folate, and thiamin.

Green peas are also shown to have cancer-fighting properties, and are great for promoting stomach health due to their fibrous content.

 

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