Here are some more facts to consider when you’re weighing in on how many vegetables to buy at the weekly market.

You’ll find that vegetables are the ultimate low-calorie, blood-sugar stabilising food group. Low in calories, they’re akin to free food, or a food with a very small caloric load. Also, since the body takes time to digest the cellulose fibres in vegetables, this allows carbohydrates to be released slowly, thereby keeping the blood sugar stable.

So it isn’t surprising then, that as a part of the detox process, the human body is adept at neutralising and eliminating excess acid. However, there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with. Most experts agree that the diet for optimal health should be one-third acidic and two-third alkaline. If you overload your body with acidic foods (meat and dairy products, refined sugars, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol), it uses its ‘buffer’ system to keep your blood within a tight range of its necessary pH, as deviating from this can be fatal. Lesser important functions in the body will be compromised. For example, alkaline minerals such as calcium will be leeched from the bones to alkalise the blood and over the long term, this can cause osteoporosis. Therefore, vegetables allow the body to alkalize, and keep the blood healthy and the lymphatic system moving, maintaining a constant natural detox.

And since we’re in India, the land of Ayurveda, here’s something to ponder about. In Ayurveda, rasa or the word for taste is the same as the word for emotion, echoing that food is fuel for the body, mind and spirit. Vegetables provide the body with the often overlooked tastes of bitter, astringent and pungent, thereby balancing not only the body, but the mind and emotions as well.
Eat healthy! Stay well!