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26 Most And Least Healthy Vegetables

A healthy-eating organization called Food Day assigned scores to 73 vegetables based on their nutritional content.* Here are our faves.

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5. BROCCOLI (Health Score: 268**)

With similar nutrient levels, the better known cousin in the broccoli family has nothing to be ashamed of, even if he falls a little behind the 'rabe.

**2 spears

6. BRUSSELS SPROUTS (Health Score: 247)

Not sure how these guys got such a bad rep, considering they're easy to cook, insanely healthy, and also kind of adorable.



Sunchokes: Ugly, confusing, and apparently, not that nutritious. It's not all bad, though: they have a bit of potassium of fiber buried underneath that bumpy exterior.

**1/2 cup, raw

22. CUCUMBERS (Health Score: 27**)

So what if cukes aren't all stars on the nutrition front? They still provide a decent amount of Vitamin K AND they make a killer salad.

**1/3 medium, raw with peel

24. EGGPLANT (Health Score: 21**)

I am so disappointed in you, eggplant. All that time I spent substituting you for meat and the best you can give me is fiber. But I don't blame you. Really, I don't. I blame myself.

**3/4 cup

*Food Day explains how the vegetables were scored and ranked:

"We calculated a score for each vegetable by adding up its percentage of: (1) the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) or Adequate Intake (AI) for seven nutrients, (2) the Daily Value (DV) for fiber, and (3) the daily targets that we've devised for lutein (plus zeaxanthin) and carotenoids other than lutein...

We counted calcium, iron, folate, and magnesium in our scores but they're not in the chart. Ditto for carotenoids other than lutein, which include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lycopene. We included lutein in the chart because of growing evidence that it may help prevent cataracts. There is no RDA or AI for lutein, so we set our own (3,000 micrograms) based on studies on cataracts. (The RDAs and AIs—daily targets set by the Institute of Medicine—vary slightly by age and gender. We picked the highest level for adults, excluding pregnant and lactating women.)"

For more information on the methodology behind the rankings, click here.


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