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the secret benefits of vegetables

Health Benefits of Grilling Vegetables Vegetables are vital to good health and the fresher they are, the more of their nutritional values they will maintain. Vegetables also taste better when they are fresh. Grilled vegetables can be the centerpiece of a vegetarian meal or an accompaniment to a main dish. If you want to grill vegetables, you need to pick the ones with lower water content. Cabbage, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and asparagus are examples of vegetables that grill well.

You can grill them directly on the grill or wrap them in tinfoil first. If you use the foil, you won't have to add any fats or oils. Boiling vegetables isn't so good for you because a lot of the nutritional benefit is lost in the cooking water.

Fried vegetables can be fatty. Grilled vegetables tend to be healthier than other preparation methods. The Many Benefits of Vegetables If you have ever wondered about fruits and vegetables in nutrition, the truth is they are incredibly good for you. Eating more means your risk for type 2 diabetes, stoke and cardiovascular disease is reduced. Another of the benefits of vegetables is that they give protection against heart disease, kidney stones, some kinds of cancers and osteoporosis.

Dark green and orange vegetables are better at preventing cancers. Vegetables are also beneficial if you are trying to lose weight. They are high in fiber but low in calories. This means they fill you up without being fattening.

The Importance of Vegetable Nutrients You find potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate (folic acid) in vegetables. Dietary fiber can reduce the blood's cholesterol levels and helps with good bowel function. Potassium keeps blood pressure at a healthy level.

Folate helps in the production of red blood cells. Vitamin C is good for the teeth, gums, wound healing and iron absorption. Vitamin A is good for the skin and eyes. Vitamin E protects vitamin A and essential acids in the body from cell oxidization. A Delicious Grilled Vegetable Recipe This is a quick, tasty grilled vegetable recipe and is easy enough for complete beginners.

Choose some vegetables that will grill well, such as eggplant, corn on the cob, tomatoes, summer squash, peppers and button mushrooms. Clean and trim them. Each vegetable should be cut into thick slices or halves, so you get equally sized pieces.

Peel and parboil some small, preferably waxy, potatoes, until they are soft. Remove the silts from the corn on the cob, if you are using it, but leave the husks on. Soak in water for an hour. If you aren't using foil, you will need to brush the vegetables, using either a marinade or some type of oil. Heat up your grill.

When it is medium hot, either place your vegetables on the grill, in a foil pouch or on skewers. If you are using dense vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, these take longer to cook, so add them first. Turn the vegetables when they need it and brush on more marinade or oil when required. If you can pierce the vegetables easily with a sharp knife, they are ready to eat. You can make a basic marinade by combining 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil and 1 peeled, crushed clove of garlic.

You can make this a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator.

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