While we would never describe "eating your vegetables" as bad dietary advice, we also want you to know that you can get countless additional benefits from this food group by taking this simple phrase a few steps further. "Eating your vegetables" just doesn't do justice to the customized nourishment that is possible within this food group.
At WHFoods, 38 out of our 100 profiled foods are vegetables. Our remaining 62 foods include foods from all other food groups—fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meats, poultry, seafoods, dairy, eggs, and grains. We've done extensive nutritional analysis on all of our foods and have looked especially closely at their vitamin (14 total) and mineral (12 total) content. And do you know what we discovered? With the exception of vitamin B12, we found that at least one vegetable ranked in our Top 10 list for all 26 of these nutrients! In fact, for pantothenic acid and vitamin A we found that vegetables were the only foods in our Top 10! For 19 out of 26 vitamins and minerals that we analyzed, at least 40% of our Top 10 foods were vegetables!
We developed our WHFoods Vegetable Advisor to give you easy access to these amazing achievements of vegetables. For example, did you know that carrots did not turn out to be our top source of beta-carotene? That honor went to sweet potatoes. And did you know that asparagus turned out to be our best WHFoods source of vitamin B1? And that tomatoes are our best source of biotin? By filling out our Vegetable Intake Form in the Vegetable Advisor, you will learn how to bring these unique vegetable benefits into you own meal plan.
We created three features in our Vegetable Advisor to take you a long way past the worn-out, "eat your vegetables" advice. A first feature is called "How Am I Doing Overall?" In this feature, we'll compare your vegetable intake to our WHFoods recommendations and make it easy for you to see with a colorful graphic how you're doing overall. A second feature focuses on the nutrients that are least available from your current vegetable choices, and two different ways for you to increase these least available nutrients. We will tell you how to increase these least available nutrients by adding specific new vegetables to your meal plan, and also how to accomplish this goal by increasing your intake of certain vegetables that you already eat. The third feature of our Vegetable Advisor involves our "Top 2 Recommendations" Many people are willing to undertake one or two vegetable changes—but only if they feel that those changes really count. In this part of the Vegetable Advisor, we analyze the two best possible changes you can make in your vegetable intake based on the nutrients least represented in your current vegetable choices.
Our WHFoods Vegetable Advisor will give you personalized feedback in any or all of the above areas that you choose, and it can open the door for much better use of our vegetable-based recipes. While there is enormous enjoyment to be had from any easy-to-prepare, delicious-tasting vegetable dish, even more satisfying is the enjoyment of a vegetable dish that has been matched to your nutrient needs and brings this very special kind of benefit to your meal plan. Our WHFoods Vegetable Advisor provides you with that capability!
Check out our amazing Amazing New Vegetable Advisor for yourself. You may be surprised at what you find.
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