Pleasing Kids’ Palates with a Varied Palette
Green is the most abundant color in the plant world (though we confess we haven’t actually done a survey). Many green vegetables are loaded with anti-cancer chemicals, including indoles, sulforaphane, and isocyanate, all of which reduce the impact of carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) in your body. Healthy green vegetables include leafy dark-green vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard, and bok choi, and other green staples such as brussels sprouts and broccoli.
In general, go for the darker leafy green vegetables; pale iceberg lettuce is not as rich in nutrients. This illustrates a general principle of color-based vegetable and fruit selection: the brighter, deeper, and more vibrant the color, the greater the positive health impact. Broccoli and spinach also contain the important vitamin folate, which protects your heart and reduces the likelihood of birth defects.
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