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Live Healthy: The benefits of root vegetables

If you are looking for a food group that is packed with nutrients, go for root vegetables. Root vegetables are nutrient rich and fully of fibre.

Nutritionist Andrea Hill suggests adding winter squash into your diet. Kabocha squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and acron squash are all good winter squash options. They provide antioxidants, fibre, potassium and essential vitamins. Mrs. Hill suggests you use them in soups or roast them.

Parsnips are another good choice says Mrs. Hill. They look like carrots but are different in taste to a carrot. One medium parsnip provides 25% of a women’s daily fibre needs. They work well in soups.

Another great choice is beet. The deep colour indicates they are filled with minerals. They are a great choice if you need to increase your magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Beets are good for blood pressure and are high in iron.

A root vegetable many people already have in your pantry are onions and garlic. They help support the liver’s ability to detox the body. They can help reduce chronic disease risk, prevent stroke and are cancer fighting.

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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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