Green Vegetables Reduce Diabetes Risk

Updated at: Apr 25, 2012
Green Vegetables Reduce Diabetes Risk

Green Vegetables Reduce Diabetes Risk: Green vegetables reduce diabetes risk but do not ignore other vegetables and fruits for health benefits.

Vatsal Anand
DiabetesWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Apr 24, 2012

Green Vegetables Reduce Diabetes RiskHaving green leafy vegetables have always been associated with great health benefits and another study has confirmed the same with regards to its impact in diabetes prevention. According to the study conducted by researchers of the Leicester University, diet high in green vegetables reduce diabetes risk significantly.

Vegetables other than green ones did not show much of a favourable effect in improving risk of diabetes, but having one and half serving of green vegetables daily was found to reduce diabetes risk by 14 percent. The large sample of 220000 adults studied in the research makes it a comprehensive analysis. Some green cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower were also included in the list of broccoli and cauliflower.

The researchers did not offer a definite cause for this but speculated that the high antioxidant content in these vegetables and perhaps the high magnesium content were responsible for this protective property. Consumption of lettuce, parsley and dill were some of the green vegetables under observation, apart from broccoli and cauliflower. The antioxidant properties of beta-carotene, vitamin C sand polyphenols found in these vegetables, along with magnesium and polyunsaturated fatty acids were thought to be responsible for the healthy impact of diabetes prevention.

Other organisations have not completely welcomed this study which encourages having green vegetables for diabetes prevention, as they feel that it does not lays enough emphasis on eating fruits and other vegetables. Iain Frame from the Diabetes UK is one of them who said that study should not be interpreted to mean that after having green leafy vegetables, diabetics should forget about having fruits and other vegetables that are important. Even the researchers themselves point out that current researches focus more on preventive benefits of food groups rather than an individual vegetable, such as that on tomatoes for colorectal cancer.


They also advised that notwithstanding the results of their study, it is reasonable to think that an overall increase in fruits and vegetables would prevent diabetes occurrence. According to some sceptics of the research, if the complete focus was shifted to certain foods only, the pragmatic advice of having five portions of fruits and vegetables daily would be ignored. Such a plan has much more overall health benefit which include improved chances of preventing heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, obesity and of course, type 2 diabetes.

So, we may have to reconsider the wisdom of being rigid about believing that green leafy vegetables cut diabetes risk, and actually think about including more fruits and vegetables in general to our diet.


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