Which vegetables offer huge health benefits?

According to new government food guidelines rolled out last month, at least a quarter of the foods we eat should be vegetables.

Consumer Reports National Research Center asked people about 33 different vegetables. It turns out, many people rarely venture beyond lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. The least favorite vegetable is parsnips.

It appears age can influence the vegetables you like. For example, those in their 30s were much less likely to eat spinach.

"Unfortunately, there's a 'yuck' list when it comes to vegetables," said Consumer Reports' Ginger Skinner. "People told us they rarely, or never, ate some of the ones that are really good for you."

Just one cup of cooked swiss chard gives you lots of iron, vitamins and minerals that are important for growth and supporting your immune system. "Bok choy and brussels sprouts are also unpopular. But both are excellent sources of vitamins C and K and have folate," Skinner explained.

Nutritionists say spinach is also an excellent source of nutrients which support growth and the body's immune system. Artichokes, another unpopular vegetable, also have vitamin K and folate. They're good for pregnant women and for people concerned about blood sugar and blood pressure.

Next time you head down the vegetable aisle, consider something new. You could be that much healthier for it.

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