When your mom told you to eat your vegetables, she never specified which ones. They're all good right? Loaded with vitamins and nutrients and all the good stuff to keep your body feeling healthy and strong, right? Not quite.
Some vegetables don't stack up on the healthiness scale, and others could actually be setting your body back. So take a peak around the produce aisle and make sure you're making the best choices for your body when you add food to your cart.
While white potatoes do have health benefits, they are far from healthy. Many people consider them more of a starch when compared to their leafy green friends.
They're also on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list- vegetables with the highest pesticide levels, which is harmful to our nervous system and liver.
Potatoes are part of the nightshade family, which is a group of vegetables that contain alkaloids, which have a negative impact on our nerve-muscle function, joints and digestive system.
Try switching out your white potatoes with sweet potatoes and you will be good to go!
On the grill, popped in bags at the movie theater, processed into syrup for baking and made in your favorite breakfast cereals, corn has become a staple in our diet.
Corn has been subject to major genetic modification. When GMOs are added to our food, our bodies do not recognize them, which can result into major sensitivities.
Corn his also fed to cows in order to fatten them up and create the nice marbling affect in our meat. Imagine what it is doing inside of our bodies.
Bell peppers are also part of the nightshade family and can disrupt nerve function, which can lead to twitching, convulsions and trembling. This vegetable is not recommended for anyone who suffers from arthritis or joint issues.
Peppers have also made their way onto the dirty dozen list for pesticide exposure.
Eggplants contain oxalates, a naturally occurring substance that plays a large role in causing kidney stones.
They are also part of the nightshade family and has some of the highest levels of solanine in this group of vegetables. If you suffer from chronic inflammation or joint problems, it's best to stay away from this purple veggie.
Most people have heard of celery being a calorie-free food, and that you can actually burn more calories crunching than you consume while eating it. Well this popular dipping vessel may help with fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, it has made it way high up on the dirty dozen list.
According to the USDA, celery has been found to have 68 pesticide residues. That's enough to jump onto the organic celery bandwagon.
While it may be fun to poppy a cherry tomato in your lunch as a healthy snack, you may want to think twice before you do that. While they're great to protect against prostate cancer and osteoporosis, they are also in the nightshade family. This means they can cause increased inflammation within the body, especially in the joints.
They have also landed themselves on the dirty dozen list with 35 pesticide residues.