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When it comes to a healthy and balanced diet, there are a lot of debates. Just how much sugar should you have and is natural sugar good for you? Do you need carbs in your diet or should you eat more fats?

It’s a minefield of information, and it’s understandable why some people just don’t know which diets to follow. In fact, some people just give up because they can’t find the right information. They don’t know what to put together in their weekly market shopping list.

Well, it’s time to make sure you get the right vegetables. You can’t go wrong with veggies. They’re full of fiber and nutrients while being low in calories. You’ll feel fuller, keep your digestive system working, and find it easier to lose weight. At the same time, the vegetables are colorful and interesting, adding something unique to a dish.

Not all vegetables are made the same. There are some that have far more nutrients than others. Don’t worry! This list isn’t long. Here are 12 vegetables that you need to include in your weekly market list. You can add others if you want, but make sure these 12 are present.

Always Pick Up Carrots

Carrots are a must for your shopping list. You may find that you don’t need to buy these weekly, but they want to be at the top of your thoughts. Carrots last a lot longer than most of other vegetables, meaning that you can get away with some bulk buying. Popping them in the fridge rather than a cupboard will also help.

The main reason to get carrots is the cost. You get a lot for a small amount of money. They’re a versatile vegetable, giving you something to add to Bolognese sauces, stir-fries, and salads. You can chop them, blend them, and even grate them for your needs.

When it comes to the health, carrots are essential. They’re full of a protein called beta carotene. They also include lutein and a few other eye-boosting proteins. Remember being told that carrots will help you see in the dark as a kid? Well, there is some truth to that. The proteins help to protect the health of the eye, making sure all functions work as effectively as possible. You can even reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts, and other age-related diseases later in life.

If you eat a lot of carrots, you may find that the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet turn orange. This isn’t anything to worry about and is just your body getting rid of the waste! Once you cut back on the amount that you eat, you’ll find that the orange disappears.

Don’t Forget the Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are another vegetable that will last a relatively long time, sometimes up to two weeks. Green bell peppers tend to be the best for longevity, but you can still gain plenty of benefits from yellow, red, and orange ones. The lighter colored ones tend to taste sweeter, making them better for a few oriental dishes.

One of the biggest benefits of bell peppers is the nutrients within them. They’re full of vitamin C, especially the brighter colored peppers. Your body can’t create or store this vitamin, so you need to get it in your diet daily. The red peppers have the most vitamin C of the lot!

There are also beta carotene benefits, as well as many antioxidants. You’ll help to support your immune system while reducing the risk of cancer, dementia, and other free radical causing problems. There are also some anti-inflammatory benefits, improving your overall health and digestion.

We can’t overlook the sweet taste of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. These are some of the favorites added to a salad because of the sweetness. They can help to curb sweet cravings, without adding much in the way of natural sugars to your body. There isn’t the high risk of diabetes as there is with some other sweet tasting fruits and vegetables.

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