A Brief Summary About Vegetable Food Groups
Vegetable food refers to any part of a plant that is eaten by humans or animals as food. In the earliest years, the word food only referred to the plant material itself and did not have a general meaning related to human consumption. The original sense is still widely used today and is even applied to different vegetable plants together with the fruits, roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, and the like to collectively refer to all edible vegetable material from the plant family. With the exception of potatoes, almost all vegetables that we eat today have undergone commercialization.
Basically, vegetable group foods are divided into three categories – starchy, fibrous, and unrefined. Based on where they’re grown, some vegetables are more fibrous than others; some are more starchy than others; while some are more resistant to heat than the others. The most popularly known legume is the legume (inclined toward corn and grain) with about 80% of total calories consumed as starch. Other vegetable groups include vegetables like beans, peas, potatoes, onions, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, and beans among others.
Vegetable proteins are the most important of all vegetable food groups. Animal-based proteins come from meat, dairy products, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Meat contains the main source of dietary protein, but there are other animal-based protein sources as well including milk, cheese, eggs, soybeans, and other products derived from cooking animal foods. Dairy products are milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, and other dairy-based products; poultry consists of chicken, turkey, bovine, and other poultry meats; seafood includes cod, shrimp, lobster, crab, king mackerel, and others; and eggs are an important source of dietary protein especially those rich in protein such as egg whites. However, non-dairy products also exist and are just as popular (and perhaps more convenient).
Fruits are one of the oldest vegetable food groups that have been around since we started eating vegetables. The reason they are so old is because fruits have many benefits which other vegetables may not have, for example, fresh fruit has a higher vitamin C content and beta carotene, another powerful antioxidant that can help fight disease and aging. Beta carotene can also help protect the retina from damage caused by free radicals. But unlike other vegetables, you only need two fruits per day to receive enough beta carotene.
Vegetable oils are the last category in the vegetable food group. These vegetable oils are used in a variety of ways to enhance the flavor of certain foods. While vegetable oils are usually preferred over butter, they are also often used instead of the oil used in butter because they are less fattening. In fact, some vegetables even contain vegetable oils that aren’t actually part of the food: These oils are called “partially hydrogenated vegetable fats” and are often preferred over butter for their nutritional benefits. For example, mayonnaise is made from partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
One other thing about these four food groups is that they are also frequently overlooked by dieters who are following a vegetable based diet. Summary beans are probably the most underappreciated plant foods in the world. Few people have heard of them or know much about their health benefits. In this article I hope to give some overview about summary beans and summarize what you can learn about them by reading this article. Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading this you’ll be able to learn a bit more about your favorite foods.