Why boiled vegetables are good for you

Why boiled vegetables are good for you


Eating boiled vegetables is the last option you might favour when a whole lot of fried and spicy foods are on your platter.

However, consumption of boiled vegetables at least once a day bestows numerous benefits on your health.

Here are top 8 reasons why you should consider adding boiled veggies to your diet



1. Aids in weight loss

If losing weight is your goal, then add boiled vegetables to your diet plan.

As vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients and water, they aid in losing weight in a healthy manner.

All you need to make sure is consume boiled vegetables, as they are fat-free (as compared to normally cooked vegetables).

Additionally, it contains high amounts of fibre helping in weight management.



2. Prevents acidity

You can combat acidity by consuming boiled vegetables as they not only require less stomach acid to digest food but are also quickly cleared from the stomach.

In this way, the amount of time these vegetables spend in your stomach is reduced,

thereby lowering your risk of suffering from acidity.



3. Treats and prevents kidney stones

If you are suffering from kidney stones, include boiled vegetables in your diet to avoid health complications.

As boiling removes 87% of oxalates (compounds that play a key role in the formation of kidney stones) present in foods, consuming boiled vegetables regularly helps in the treatment of the condition.

Apart from this, adding boiled vegetables to your meals prevents kidney stones.



Why boiled vegetables are good for you



4. Easy to digest

It goes without saying that boiled vegetables are easy to digest and quickly assimilated by the stomach.

This is because, boiling vegetables breaks down the complex compounds present in them into their simpler form, which are easily digestible.

Apart from this, boiled vegetables can be chewed easily and hence, are good for people suffering from health problems like fever or diarrhoea.



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5. Provides healthy skin

To attain a natural radiant complexion, it is important to eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated.

This can be achieved by consuming boiled vegetables that are high in water content

and essential nutrients like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that prevent skin problems.

Eat boiled vegetables like carrots, spinach, tomatoes, beetroot or sweet potatoes for a healthy and glowing skin.



6. Promotes hair growth

The use of carrots aid in hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. All you need to do is boil some carrots, grind them by adding water (add same water that you boiled them in).

Apply this paste on your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Do this regularly for effective results.



7. Used as weaning food for babies

You may not be aware of the fact that they are an excellent weaning option for babies to start off with.

A boiled and mashed potato or boiled vegetable soup is something that can make your child s stomach full and also provides all the essential nutrients.

Also, they are easy to digest, low in calories and high in water content.



8. Helps in treat inflammation of the stomach

Inflammation of stomach caused by bacteria Helicobacter pylori can be treated by making few dietary changes such as consuming boiled vegetables.

As vegetables cooked in this manner are easily digested and hence, the pressure on the stomach (to digest food) is reduced. Also, as the complex compounds present in food are broken down into simpler forms they aid in easy recovery from the infection.



Why boiled vegetables are good for you



Points to keep in mind

  • Cut them in large and uniform pieces to avoid loss of nutrients while boiling them.
  • Always wash vegetables before cutting and not after cutting them to limit nutrient loss.
  • Add limited amount of water while boiling vegetables as too much water may cause leaching of water-soluble vitamins.
  • Add little amount of salt to boiling water to enhance taste.
  • Whenever you feel hungry, snack on boiled vegetables as they can be done in a quick and easy way.

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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