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Vegetable: The Edible Greens That Keep Our Diets Colorful

Vegetables are the colorful, leafy greens and roots that grace our plates and often go uneaten by children. They come in all shapes, sizes, and textures, and are a crucial part of a balanced diet.

Some vegetables, like kales and collards, are fibrous and tough, making them a challenge to eat without smothering them in cheese or bacon. Others, like bell peppers and cucumber, are crisp and refreshing; perfect for snacking on or tossing into a salad.

Vegetables also have other sneaky benefits. For example, they can be used as weapons in food fights or thrown like a projectile during a game of catch.

While vegetables are universally known for their health benefits, there is some debate over which ones are the best. Some people swear by the versatile potato, arguing that its versatility and ability to settle a stomach make it the ultimate vegetable. Others hail broccoli as king of the veg, arguing that it has more nutrients than any other vegetable and can even cure cancer (Note: there is no actual evidence to support this claim).

Then there are the vegetables that are less popular, like brussels sprouts and lima beans. It’s a shame that these veggies have such a bad rep as they can be quite delicious with the right preparation, and who doesn’t love a good challenge?

Overall, vegetables are a colorful and necessary addition to any diet. So, next time you sit down for a meal, remember to thank your vegetable friends for their dedication to your health (and your entertainment during food fights).