Going Green

Going green is good for you.

The major story about conservation of the earth is the emission of dangerous gases into the atmosphere that has raised the temperature of the earth – the ‘Greenhouse’ effect.

So what easily comes into your mind when you hear ‘Going Green’ is planting more trees to ameliorate tree cutting but what we are talking about going green is your dietary habits – to eat more vegetables for optimum health.

Green is now more than just a colour; it has now become symbolic with nature, growth and health.

Greens are fruits or vegetables that are rich in vitamins, minerals, folates, fibres and phytochemicals and as such, are alkaloid in nature and this helps raise the amount of oxygen that the body takes in.

Most people are ignorant of the many benefits of green vegetables and David Wolfe has this to say about that – “The biggest issue we are facing with our culture today is the lack of eating green vegetables.

“If people would do that, we would see a revolution in our food industry. And it is already starting to happen.”

Some examples of green vegetables are Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage, Pumpkin, Jute leaves, Bitter leaf, Basil, Water leaf, African eggplant, Moringa leaves, Spring onions, Green pepper, Peas, etc.

Green fruits include Limes, Lemons, Cucumber, Avocado, Pears, Apples, Grapes, etc.

And all afore-mentioned are native to Nigeria.

Why are greens so important?

Leafy fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, folate that help maintain strong bones, keep the gums and teeth healthy, promote healthy vision, aids the healing of wounds, prevents unstable molecules (free radicals) from damaging cells in the body and reduces the risk of some types of cancer amongst others.

Green vegetables also help in preventing colon and heart problems and they provide folic acids to pregnant women for birth defects prevention.

Ways to go green

Be creative with salads by incorporating green fruits into it. Some of these greens can be used in the preparation of soups native to Nigerians, in the preparation of vegetable juice or green smoothie where you may even add some fruits for a greater taste. Herbs are ALSO nutritious greens loaded with antioxidants. So go green with vegetables and optimize your health!!!

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