June 17th is Eat Your Vegetables Day. So before you go and fill up on some leafy greens, read on about some interesting veggie facts.
- Celery. Almost anyone who has gone on a diet has snacked on celery. Wondered why? It’s because of its high water content. Two stalks of celery contain only 25 calories. Also, celery contains phthalides which acts as a natural diuretic.
- Cabbage. It contains as much water as a watermelon and is one of the oldest vegetables dating back to the 1600s.
- Carrots. Did you know that the orange carrots you snack on today did not exist until the Dutch crossed yellow and red carrots in an experiment in the 16th century for the "House of Orange," the Dutch Royal Family of that time. Originally carrots were yellow, red, white and even purple.
- Potatoes. It is only 20% solids and 80% water and is the fourth most important crop in the world. It is preceded by corn, wheat and rice.
- Onions.You cry when you chop them because onions contain compounds called thiosulfinates. And according to some studies these compounds could keep you from having a stroke. Thiosulfinates act as a natural blood thinner and can keep blood platelets from clumping.
- Tomato. It is actually a fruit but, a Supreme Court ruling in 1893 made it a vegetable.
- Peas. Only 5% of peas grown worldwide are sold fresh.
- Cucumbers. It is 95% water and contains most of the vitamins you need every day.
- Kale. It is a nutritional powerhouse because it not only provides you with your daily dose of Vitamin A, but has more Vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than an 8-ounce glass of milk.