All the vegetables presented in the list from Novate.ru are incredibly healthy: some of them contain a lot of healthy fats, the second are rich in calcium, and the third are high in vitamins. Without them, the daily diet will be inadequate, but there is one “but”: you need to use them a little bit, otherwise, not even a month will pass, as extra centimeters will appear in the waist and hips.
WHO (World Health Organization) recommends eating at least 600 grams of vegetables daily. However, this does not mean that you need to fry a huge frying pan of potatoes, prepare a large bowl of salad, generously seasoned with vegetable oil, and sit down to dinner, sincerely believing that you are consuming only vitamins. After such a hearty meal, you will definitely add fat on your sides. We bring to your attention a list of healthy vegetables that you need to eat in moderation so that the figure on the scales does not cause a sigh of disappointment.
Beets are high in carbohydrates. / Photo: svekla-na-zimu
Beets are an essential staple in your diet if your goal is to detoxify your body. No wonder our ancestors said: “To avoid stomach problems, you need to eat a bag of beets a year.” But can everyone adopt this advice? Of course not. Despite the cleansing properties of the vegetable, it contains a large amount of carbohydrates: 10 g per 100 g of product. Now it is clear why beets are called “sugar”. Interestingly, when cooked, beets increase blood glucose levels more strongly than raw beets. But we always use it boiled or baked.
Considering all these nuances, we propose to reduce the amount of beets in your diet and use it in dosage. For example, as part of first courses (borscht, beetroot), vinaigrette (a few spoons, no more), and as an independent product. People with diabetes should be especially careful. As for the herring under a fur coat, the salad itself is not dietary, and the main enemy of the figure there is not beets, but mayonnaise.
Eggplant, like a sponge, absorbs vegetable oil. / Photo: topkin.ru
The calorie content of eggplants is not high – only 25 kcal per 100 grams of the product, due to which it is often included in the diet menu. Also, the vegetable normalizes metabolism, improves the functioning of the digestive system, strengthens blood vessels, and the polyphenols and chlorogenic acid included in the composition slow down the spread of free radicals. The picture is generally positive, however, as you know, there is a fly in the ointment in every barrel of honey. The fact is that eggplant, like a sponge, absorbs vegetable oil, so if you cook it in a pan as an independent dish or as part of a stew, for example, the final calorie content will increase several times. The best option, which will not affect your figure badly, is grilling the eggplant or baking it whole in the oven. Depending on the end goal, you can grind the baked fruit and include it in the future culinary masterpiece, or just eat it.
Potatoes are one of the most high-calorie vegetables. / Photo: famt.ru
Losing weight girls often have a question: is it possible to eat potatoes? Still, this vegetable is the most popular at any time of the year and without it it is hard to imagine both Russian and Ukrainian cuisine. If we talk about potatoes in terms of calorie content, then it is relatively small – 80 kcal per 100 grams (for comparison, in boiled rice, which is advised to eat on a diet – 116 kcal). The main problem is that it is customary to fry potatoes in a large amount of oil (or even lard), and mashed potatoes turn into a “potato cocktail” that includes an egg, butter, cream or milk. This is how the calorie content of a vegetable increases sharply, exactly like its glycemic index. We do not urge you to give up your favorite potatoes, just cook it right: boil it in uniforms or bake it in foil in the oven. If you prefer mashed potatoes, make it based on the water in which the vegetable was cooked, and at the end add a small piece of oil – this will significantly reduce the calorie content and the finished dish will be healthier.
Boiled carrots lose all their usefulness. / Photo: polzovred.ru
But this is already a blow to the heart, because the carrots are so bright, tasty, healthy! Yes, we will not argue with that. It contains flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect on the body, carotenes that improve skin condition, have a beneficial effect on vision, fiber and solid dietary fiber, which help cleanse the body. In addition, 100 grams of raw carrots contains only 35 kcal, and the vegetable’s dietary fiber quickly saturates. What’s the catch?
If you eat too much carrots, you can feel drowsiness and nausea, which provoke an excess of vitamin A. flavonoids, in addition to having a positive effect on the body, also have a negative one: they irritate the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Eating a lot of fiber is only beneficial if you drink a lot of water. Otherwise, problems arise in the form of constipation and bloating.
Another nuance – in boiled form, the vegetable loses all its usefulness and turns from a product with a large amount of vitamins and minerals into a product with a high glycemic index. As a result, blood sugar surges, which causes increased appetite.
Fiber is found in the skin of the cucumber, which is often removed. / Photo: оfermoved.ru
I feel like saying: you are Brutus too? Even in a nightmare, it could not be imagined that watery zucchini, whose calorie content is only 15 kcal per 100 grams, could be harmful to the figure. However, there is one nuance that is often not taken into account: most of the fiber is found in the peel of a vegetable, which many people peel for one reason or another. As a result, cucumbers are deprived of valuable dietary fiber, which lowers blood sugar and aids in the absorption of carbohydrates, as well as digests quickly and awakens the appetite.
Corn is usually eaten with oil and salt. / Photo: dary-prirody.su
Corn grains improve the performance of the gastrointestinal tract, accelerate metabolic processes, cleanse the body, and lower cholesterol levels. The main problem is that the vegetable is usually consumed with a lot of salt and oil, which have a negative effect on the figure. There are several more disadvantages: corn has a high glycemic index – depending on the level of maturity of the fruit, it can reach 85 units. Once in the digestive tract, the carbohydrates contained in corn are quickly absorbed, and the sugar level rises sharply. In addition, corn contains lectin, a “bad” protein that cannot be absorbed by the stomach. Therefore, it is recommended to eat it carefully – no more than one piece at a time.
Tomato can cause spikes in blood sugar. / Photo: attuale.ru
Tomatoes contain a very small amount of carbohydrates (5 g per 100 g of product), as well as powerful antioxidants that have an immunostimulating effect. In addition, the vegetable promotes blood thinning and prevents the appearance of blood clots, helps people suffering from gastritis with low acidity, improves memory. It seemed like sheer pluses. Then why did Israeli scientists at the Weizmann Institute say that tomatoes are worse than chocolate?
If you eat several cherry tomatoes or one full-fledged tomato weighing 100-150 grams every day, there will be no harm to health, but a half-kilogram pink tomato can significantly harm your figure. The fact is that in some people, the vegetable causes sharp jumps in blood sugar that prevent weight loss. In addition, even if tomatoes are not salted, they still contain a huge amount of salts that do not satisfy hunger, but, on the contrary, increase the appetite. Therefore, tomatoes are risky to use even as a snack.
The most important rule that should be remembered by everyone who is losing weight and not only is that the calorie content and the effect of a product on weight depends solely on the amount eaten. Therefore, dose all the food that is included in your daily diet and approach your menu wisely.