Some facts about green vegetables:
• Oranges may be the first thing you reach for when you have a cold due to their vitamin C content. But gram for gram, kale actually has more vitamin C.
• Just half a cup of raw spinach counts as 1 of the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat a day. No wonder Popeye was so strong!
• Collard greens are superstars when it comes to lowering cholesterol. In fact, the cholesterol-lowering ability of collard greens may be the greatest of all commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. Beating out kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage.
• Watercress has more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, its health giving properties have been known since ancient times. It is believed that Around 400 BC Hippocrates, the father of medicine, located his first hospital beside a stream so that he could grow an abundance of watercress to help treat his patients.
• Another ancient green is cabbage, which dates back to the 1600’s. It is believed that drinking juiced cabbage assists in curing stomach and intestinal ulcers.
• Beet greens have also been cultivated since prehistoric times. In fact, early Romans only ate the beet tops and left the beet roots for medicinal purposes.