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The Power of the Vegetables and Fruits in SaladPower


November 14, 2016

The Power of the Vegetables and Fruits in SaladPower

       

       At SaladPower, we believe in the power of whole-food ingredients. That's why we use our nutrient-dense vegetable blend as the first ingredient in all of our juices – so that you get the most nutrition out of every drink! Vegetables and fruits are some of the most nutritionally diverse foods on the planet, offering a variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants with incredible health benefits.

       But not all vegetables and fruits are created equal. Some are high in water & sugars but low in minerals, whereas others are antioxidant & nutrient packed superstars. At SaladPower, we include kale, spinach, bell pepper, carrot, tomato, celery and cucumber in our powerful vegetable juice blend. We also include three tasty fruits in select flavors – veggies + mango, veggies + apple and veggies + pineapple. These aren't just random fruits and vegetables – they are chosen specifically for their nutrient richness and health benefits. So we thought we'd share a bit about the produce we include in our juices, and why we think each one is a great choice to help keep you healthy and happy.

Kale

       Kale is classified as a cruciferous vegetable, which puts in the same family as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Its history is thought to go as far back as Ancient Greece46.  It's color can vary from light green to a deep green, and even purple in some varieties. Leaves can be either curly or flat. The taste of kale depends on the variety used, adding either a strong peppery taste or a milder taste.

Kale contains high levels of many essential nutrients, including beta carotene (pre-vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as lutein, kaempferol and quercetin, and a compound known as sulforaphane. It's also a good source of protein and fiber.

Other than the obvious benefit of having enough vitamins and minerals in the diet, kale has many other potential benefits to offer you:

  • Helps reduce cholesterol1
  • Reduces blood pressure2
  • Has anti-bacterial powers3
  • Has anti-cancer properties3
  • Protects eyes from disease and degeneration4
  • Prevent heart disease and stroke5

Spinach

     Spinach is a popular leafy green vegetable that is thought to have originated in ancient Persia, before spreading across Asia and Europe47. It generally has a deep green color, and can be consumed either when the plant is young (baby spinach) or fully-grown. Spinach can have a slightly bitter taste, although baby spinach is generally mild in flavor.

       Spinach contains high levels of beta carotene – better known as pre-vitamin A – vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B9 (folate), calcium and iron. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as quercetin, kaempferol, lutein and zeaxanthin. Along with providing vital nutrients, spinach has many other potential benefits to offer you:

  • Prevents eye disease6
  • May reverse current eye disease7
  • Reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals8
  • Reduce blood pressure9
  • Reduce risk of cancers such as breast and prostate10,11

Bell Peppers

       Bell peppers are related to chilis through the nightshade family, but have a much more subtle taste than other chili peppers. Originating from central and southern America, they have now spread across the world48. The taste of bell peppers varies according to the color of pepper. At SaladPower, we use green bell peppers, which have a subtly bitter taste. Bell peppers contain high levels of vitamin B6 and B9, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E and potassium. They also contain powerful antioxidants such as quercetin.


Looking for more benefits? Bell pepper has plenty to offer you – it can:

  • Protect against eye disease such as macular degeneration12
  • Have an anti-inflammatory effect13
  • Have anti-allergy effects13
  • Prevent iron deficiency anemia14
  • Reduce blood pressure15
  • Prevent heart disease15

Carrots

       Carrots are one of the most popular root vegetables. Originating in Persia and spreading across Europe and Asia, carrots are generally colored orange, although many other varieties exist, including white, purple and yellow49.

       Carrots tend to have quite a sweet taste for a vegetable, but there is also a slight bitterness particularly around the top of the carrot where the green tinge can be seen. Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene (pre-vitamin A), vitamin B6, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

       Aside from providing plenty of vitamins and minerals, carrots may also:

  • Reduce cholesterol levels16
  • Protect against cancers such as breast cancer17
  • Prevent disease and degeneration of the eyes18
  • Regulate the immune system19
  • Reduce blood pressure20

Tomatoes

       The tomato is part of the nightshade family, alongside bell peppers, chili peppers, potatoes and eggplants. It originated in central and southern America, but quickly spread across the world50. Tomatoes have a varied flavor – they are sweeter than most vegetables, more acidic and sour than most fruits, and are best used in savory dishes. The darker the color, the richer the flavor of the tomato.

       Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin B9, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. They also contain powerful antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene, or pre-vitamin A.

Tomatoes have a wide variety of health benefits to offer, including the ability to:

  • Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals21
  • Reduce risk of heart attack and stroke22
  • Reduce cholesterol levels23
  • Protect against many cancers, including prostate cancer24
  • Prevent damage caused by sunburn25

Celery

       Celery is a vegetable prized for its stalks, leaves and seeds. It is one of the oldest vegetables known, with its use dating back to ancient Egyptian and Greek times51. The taste is subtle and watery but fresh, with the fibers providing plenty of texture to savor.

       Celery contains high levels of vitamin B9, vitamin K and potassium, as well as small amounts of many other vitamins and minerals. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as phenolic acids and flavonols.

Celery isn't just limited to vitamins and minerals – it's a health superstar shown to:

  • Significantly lower blood pressure26
  • Reduce bloating and excess fluid retention27
  • Protect the stomach from ulceration28
  • Heal stomach ulcers28
  • Reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels29

Cucumbers

       The cucumber is a long thin vegetable with a green skin that originated in India, before spreading across to Europe52.  It has a very mild taste, with a mostly watery flavor that reminds some of melon. In some darker varieties, there may be a slight bitter flavor on the skin of the cucumber.        

       Cucumbers contain high levels of water and vitamin K, but also have trace amounts of most vitamins and minerals. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as beta-carotene and quercetin.

Not only can cucumbers supply you with essential nutrients – it can also:

  • Act as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent30
  • Improve skin quality31
  • Act as a potent anti-inflammatory and reduce swelling32

Mangos 

The Mango is a popular tropical stone fruit that is so prized that it is the national fruit of several countries. Originating in South Asia, mango has a red-orange colored skin and yellow to orange flesh when ripe53.

Mango has a sweet but tangy taste that makes it ideal for everything from marinating fish to livening up a dessert.

Mango contains high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B9 and pre-vitamin A, as well as small amounts of many other vitamins and minerals. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, quercetin and mangiferin.

Regular consumption of mango and its antioxidants has been shown to boost your health, as mangos can:

  • Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals33
  • Act as an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, preventing infection33
  • Demonstrate anti-cancer properties34
  • Aid in blood sugar regulation35

Apples

Apples are probably the most well known fruit in the world. Thought to have originated in Asia, they are now found world-wide, with many varieties available for consumption54.

The taste of an apple depends on the variety. Some have a tart and tangy taste, whereas others are very sweet. 



Apples contains high levels of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. It also contains powerful antioxidants such as quercetin, catechin and chlorogenic acid.

Research supports apples as a healthy food choice, suggesting that they can:

  • Aid in weight loss36
  • Reduce blood sugar levels36
  • Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes37
  • Reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk38,39
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers40

Pineapples

       Pineapples are another delicious tropical fruit, originating around Brazil and Paraguay, before spreading throughout the rest of South America55. Pineapples are sweet but very acidic, often leaving the mouth with a slight burning sensation56. The riper the pineapple, the sweeter the taste.

       Pineapples contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B9, copper and manganese. It contains powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins. Pineapple is also packed full of bromelain, a unique enzyme that bestows most of different health benefits pineapple offers.

So what benefits can this powerful pineapple-based enzyme offer you? Research suggests it can:

  • Stimulate the immune system41
  • Act as a potent anti-inflammatory42
  • Soothe allergic conditions such as asthma43
  • Help the body heal its wounds44
  • Relieve digestive disorders and illness45

       The nutritional power of the foods you choose can make or break your health and well being. It is imperative to know the true nutritional content of what you’re eating. This is why here at SaladPower, we're passionate not only about our juices, but also educating our community about the impact of a nutrient dense diet that is high in vegetables and fruits! By learning more about the different health benefits of fruits and vegetables, you can work towards a healthier and happier lifestyle every day.

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