Vegetables provide the body with the nutrients it needs to work properly. Vegetables are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Potassium-rich vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and legumes, help maintain blood pressure levels. Fiber-rich vegetables, such as legumes and broccoli, help lower the risks for heart disease and high cholesterol. Fiber also aids in proper bowel functions.
Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, such as cabbage and carrots, help keep eyes and skin healthy while boosting the immune system. Vitamin C-rich vegetables, such as bell peppers and spinach, help wounds heal quickly, help teeth and gums stay healthy, and help the body absorb iron.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recommended daily amount of vegetables a person should consume depends on the age, gender, and activity level of that person. Male and female children between the ages of 2 and 8, who get a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day, should consume 1 to 1 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. Females 9 years old and older should consume 2 to 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. Males 9 years and older should consume 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day.