5 vegetables that deserve a second chance

Last updated: July 2011

Broccoli, carrots, corn, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes—all healthy vegetables—were each eaten by at least half of Americans at least once a week in the past month. That's one of the findings from a recent nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

The vegetables Americans eat least—artichokes, bok choy, eggplant, parsnips, Swiss chard, turnips or rutabagas, and others—also have a wealth of nutrients.

Our food experts singled out five healthy vegetables to try. Here's why:

Artichokes

Especially high in fiber, folate, and vitamin K; good source of magnesium and vitamin C. Smart option for pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant and for older adults concerned about blood pressure and blood sugar.

Bok choy

Excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K; good source of calcium, folate, and potassium. Especially good choice for children and pregnant or menopausal women.

Brussels sprouts

Excellent source of folate and vitamins A, C, and K; good source of fiber, iron, and potassium. Good choice for children and pregnant women.

Mustard greens

Excellent source of folate and vitamins A, C, and K; good source of calcium and fiber. Good choice for children and pregnant or menopausal women.

Swiss chard

One cup cooked has more iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E than any vegetable listed here. Excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. Good source of calcium, fiber, and vitamin E. Its nutrients are key for growth and immune system support.


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