Here is a list of some of the healthiest vegetables to eat: onions, frozen sweet corn, cabbage, asparagus, eggplant, cranberries, sweet potatoes, winter squash and broccoli. Pay attention to your local grocery store and buy organic! Organic is very healthy and they have some of the freshest foods around.
Do you mean safe as in clean? If so, there are definitely some veggies that are safer than others. Any vegetable with a thick skin is going to be a bit safer than those with thin skin. Some of the safer vegetables when it comes to pesticides and cleanliness are onions, avocados, sweet corn, sweet peas and eggplant all have thick skins and will better protect the flesh of the vegetable from potential contaminates. As a rule though, it is always best to wash your veggies, even if they are organic or have thick skins. You never know what your foods may have come in contact with during storage or shipping, so it’s best to clean them no matter what.
What a fun question!
In general, vegetables are good for you. It’s believed that going from eating 3 portions of vegetables a day to 8 portions lowers risk of dying by heart disease by 22%! That’s a big wow, since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA.
Most of the time people ask what is the best vegetable to eat, and these days it’s being said that brocolli has a huge number of chemicals that are good.
But to the question.
One problem is E. coli, a bacteria on vegetables. But this bateria can be introduced to any vegetable, and at any point in the processing. E. coli comes from manure, or unclean hygiene from people handling them. The recent outbreak in Germany was sprouts.
Washing vegetables is the key to avoiding this.
The 2011 outbreak of listeriosis was contaminated cantaloupes. That’s something that can come from the ground, or from a factory that’s been doing other food processing.
In this case, washing doesn’t help, because the listeriosis can be inside the vegetable, too.
Food allergies are a relatively common problem, even though people may not be aware they are having allergic reactions. The number of hospitalizations have been rising very rapidly since 1990, but it may be more the fault of the increase of other allergens in combination. Potatoes and tomatoes are more likely than some other vegetables to cause problems.
Some people have Oral Allergy Syndrome. This one is easy to spot, because unlike other food allergies, reaction is limited to the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. Cooked foods are less likely to cause reactions. The Allergy Clinic site makes for interesting reading.
About.com has a list of “Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables”, in terms of pesticides. They name: Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Brocolli, Cauliflower, Corn (except most is genetically modified), Kiki, Mango, Onion, Papaya, Pineapple, Sweet Pea.
(Pineapple, however has another minor problem, which is that the juice is so corrosive to flesh, it can be used as a meat tenderizer. No real worries, but don’t suck on pineapple for an hour.)
In the end, it seems to be more a matter of avoiding contaminated vegetables, washing them, and people’s individual allergic reaction, than it does that some particular vegetables are inherently safest.
I’ll have to add this site. Although it is trying to sell you something, it severely frightening, and it’s sourced.
One quote: “Three of the eight food samples contained pesticide residues so high they were technically illegal to sell” !
In terms of cleanliness, it’s always a wise option to choose locally grown organic foods. But in terms of nutrition there are a lot of highly nutritional vegetable options and one of the best is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Other great vegetables include broccoli, greens, and garbanzo beans!
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