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Packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, vegetables are undoubtedly a cornerstone of a healthy life. In fact, eating more fruit and veg is known to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and boost longevity.

But whether it’s the taste or the steep price of some fresh options, many Britons fail to eat enough vegetables daily.

More than 25 million British adults are not getting enough fruit and vegetables in their diet, according to a study commissioned by Sainsbury’s and Nectar.

While getting the recommended daily amount is important, the vegetables you consume could also make a difference. Fortunately, Dr Deborah Lee, from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, has revealed the three vegetables that should make it into your shopping bags whether you like them or not.

1. Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts hold the crown spot when it comes to the nation’s most hated vegetables, but the small foods are “incredibly healthy”. 

Apart from their impressive vitamin content, the controversial food is rich in antioxidants. Dr Lee told Express.co.uk: “These are important for human health as they counteract oxidative stress and hence reduce the risk of chronic diseases including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.”

What’s more, sprouts could also slash your risk of cancer. The doctor added: “Glucosinolates are the substances found in cruciferous vegetables – sprouts, cabbage cauliflower and broccoli – that give them their bitter taste. 

“Several research studies have shown that a regular intake of glucosinolates reduces the risk of bowel cancer. Sprouts are also high in fibre and help ensure healthy gut function as well as lowering cholesterol.”

With this in mind, the doctor recommended eating one portion of Brussels sprouts, which is around 80 grams or one cup, two to three times a week. 

She added: “Eating too many sprouts could cause excess gas, bloating and flatulence. Plus, don’t overdo the sprouts if you take blood thinners, as the large amount of vitamin K in sprouts could reverse the anti-clotting effects.”

2. Spinach

Another superstar vegetable, spinach is brimming with essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and vitamins like vitamin C.

From benefiting your eye health to keeping inflammation in check, the leafy veg comes with a long list of health benefits.

Dr Lee said: “Spinach is high in nitrates which are vital as they help control blood pressure. It contains large amounts of antioxidants which counteract oxidative stress and lower blood pressure. Higher levels of nitrates are thought to protect from stomach cancer.

“Spinach is also high in fibre. Fibre helps us feel full for longer, helps control appetite and weight, ensures food passes along the GI tract at the correct speed, supports digestive function prevents constipation and also impairs the absorption of cholesterol.”

The medical expert recommended eating two heaped tablespoons of cooked spinach two to three times a week.

3. Aubergine

Whether you love it or hate it, aubergine has many dietary benefits, while containing no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Dr Lee said: “It is very high in fibre, which is essential for good gut health, digestion, and bowel function and prevents the absorption of cholesterol from the gut into the bloodstream.

“It contains large quantities of anthocyanins which give their skin the deep purple colour. Eating two to three portions of anthocyanins per week has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease by 323 percent. Eating anthocyanins can also lower blood pressure and levels of inflammatory markers in the bloodstream. Anthocyanins may also reduce neural inflammation in the brain.

“Aubergine contains a substance called nasunin which is a powerful antioxidant and is believed to have cancer-protecting properties as well as lowering blood pressure.”

The doctor recommended eating one-third of an aubergine or 80 grams as one of your five-a-day. 

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