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Know your leafy greens: 15 favorites to add to your diet

By: Melissa Breyer on March 22, 2014, 1:35 p.m.
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Eat your greens!

While Popeye’s bulging biceps and bursting buttons may have been little more than a way of encouraging kids to eat their spinach, there is something resonant about the iconic image. Of course we can’t see our muscles perform acrobatics upon ingestion of iron-rich vegetables, but it’s almost as if our bodies break out in quiet little happy dances each time we eat leafy greens. Greens are one of the best foods to eat regularly; they are rich in fiber and offer many vitamins, minerals, and plant-based compounds that are thought to help protect the body from heart disease, diabetes, and possibly even cancer. Furthermore, leafy greens are low in carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol. With that in mind, it couldn't hurt to eat more leafy greens; here's where to start. (Text: Melissa Breyer)