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Are leafy greens the one of the only really nutritious vegetables left

Answered on October 11, 2013
Created October 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Due to cross breeding, vegetables are not nearly as nutritious as it used to be, if you go on nutrition self and look up mushrooms or onions, they aren't really high in that much, but all leafy greens are. So my question is, are leafy greens really one of the only vegetables that you should "try to get in" or am I wrong in saying that non leafy green vegetables aren't really THAT nutritious

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agree, these two should make the list also.

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at 07:37 AM

Again a word of caution about taking a reductionistic view, but the more nutrient dense often the more anti-nutrient dense as well. So, when it boils right down to it, a cooked root or fruit might have as much available nutrition as leafy greens would.

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:19 PM

Aren't broccoli and califlower fairly nutritous as well? I mean there's nearly more vitamin c in broccoli than there are in oranges.

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on October 10, 2013
at 10:19 PM

agree, these two should make the list also.

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on October 10, 2013
at 03:59 PM

When I was close to vegetarianism I used to eat greens every day, even twice a day, for the same reasons the OP discusses. Nowadays I prefer to eat high carbohydrate vegetables, since they are after all my main source of carbs. There is some overlap between the two classes, cabbage has a good 300 Kcal/kg, similar to beets for example, but also one needs to keep in mind that many of these high carb vegetables, when left to their own devices (turnips, carrots, daikon, onions, beets) produce greens, so anything that you can find in a bunch of turnip greens you can find in the root. I still eat them heavily, my garden has 60 heads of collard as well as other greens (komatsuna, chard, cabbage, radicchio, arugula), but not every day. Roots or tubers are every day though.

The other thing I wanted to say is that there are other non-leafy high nutrient vegetables, such as okra, fresh peas, sweet potatoes and string beans. The only thing in which leafy greens are king is calcium.

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on October 10, 2013
at 01:07 PM

Don't fall into the nutritional reductionism trap. Greens are a terrible source of calories, an essential nutrient! Onions, mushrooms and other veggies are quite nutritious across the board, I don't know where you get that notion. Do they have the same density of nutrient as greens? No. But we weren't built to consume large quantities of greens either.

Cross breeding has nothing to do with it either. Plant breeding has made plants more edible, more bioavailable in nutrients, more palatable (you do have to eat food to get the nutrients from it!)

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