Know your veg!

Broccoli - is full of vitamins and minerals. Eating steamed broccoli regularly lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, by reducing the amount of cholesterol in the body. Broccoli may also have anti-cancer properties.

Radishes - are packed full of fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. They can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer, promote glowing skin and keep diabetes at bay. Be careful though, as eating radishes in large quantities can irritate the stomach.

Cucumbers - can help prevent cancer and support brain health. They promote hydration, can promote regular bowel movements and may lower blood sugar levels.

Asparagus - is packed with nutrients including vitamin A, which helps to protect our eyes, skin and immune system. Asparagus also helps to reduce insulin resistance and prevent cancer.

Mushrooms - contain several vitamins and are a great source of vitamin D. They support the immune system, reduce inflammation in people with metabolic syndrome and have been shown to have some therapeutic properties in lowering cholesterol.

Brussels sprouts - are high in vitamins, nutrients and fibre. They are a good source of iron and vitamin A, which is good for our eyes and skin. Brussels are also high in vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting and enabling wounds to heal properly.

Cauliflower - provides antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect against cancer. It contains fibre, which can aid weight loss and digestion. Cauliflower can boost the cardiovascular system, strengthen bones and prevent cancer. People taking a blood thinning agent should not eat large amounts of cauliflower and it contains high levels of vitamin K.

Olives - are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer. Some studies show that olives can help reduce blood pressure.

Turnips - are high in fibre, which can relieve intestinal problems. They can help in fighting cancer, lower blood pressure and aid digestion and weight loss. Turnips can help with body odour and are good for eye health.

Celery - the fibre in celery can benefit the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Celery also contains antioxidants, that may play a role in preventing disease. Celery has properties that can help fight cancer. Celery may help to prevent asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis, liver disease and jaundice.

Avocados - are high in monounsaturated fat; this helps to protect against heart disease and lowers blood pressure. The oils provided by an avocado include oleic acid and linoleic acid and are therefore recommended as part of a balanced diet to prevent high cholesterol. They are also a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E, plus a group of carotenes which are thought to help keep the eyes healthy.