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Deep green fruits and vegetables are high on the list of health-promoting foods. Spinach, kale, broccolini, Swiss Chard and other leafy greens, as well as peas, kiwifruit and avocado are sources of the carotenoid lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye health. Scientists are studying its potential to reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Other carotenoids in green fruits and vegetables include beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.

Many leafy greens are excellent sources of folate, a B vitamin that helps reduce the risk of birth defects. High consumption of dark green vegetables has also been linked to a lower risk of diabetes and some cancers.

Green cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale also provide indoles and isothiocyanates, sulfur-containing compounds with antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties that protect against cell damage. Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may help reduce the risk of some cancers and help protect your heart and lungs.

Include a variety of green fruits and veggies in your diet to help maintain:

  • Vision health
  • A lower risk of some cancers
  • A healthy heart
  • A lower risk of birth defects

Green Fruits & Vegetables


  • Avocados
  • Green Apples
  • Green Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwifruit
  • Limes
  • Green Pears


  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Broccolini
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Green Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chayote Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Endive
  • Leafy Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Green Onions
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Green peppers
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Tomatillo
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

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