Health advocates say that some of the most healthful veggies on the market today are not all that good for us.
In a new study, researchers from the University of Florida School of Public Health and the University at Albany College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences found that in some cases, we’re not seeing the health benefits of the best vegetables.
“The best vegetables aren’t really all that healthful,” said lead author Tanya E. Anderson, a doctoral student in the Department of Public and Environmental Health at the University College of New York at Albany.
“Some are quite harmful, and some are really beneficial, but some are quite bad.”
For the study, Anderson and her colleagues examined how the health of some of today’s best-selling vegetables compare to those from decades ago.
They also looked at the foods that are available today.
They found that the same vegetables that were the healthiest in the 1950s have gotten worse in recent decades.
For instance, the top five healthiest vegetables for Americans today were potatoes, cabbage, carrots, spinach, and broccoli.
In fact, researchers found that many of today’ healthiest crops are also among the most toxic.
In the 1950 to 1980s, the bottom five vegetables for American consumers were spinach, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cabbage.
But by the 1990s, all of those top five veggies were gone.
For some of these crops, researchers noted, the health outcomes of these foods have dramatically declined.
For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and U.K. Food Standards Agency recently issued a report saying that there are many reasons for this trend.
But the researchers also note that the majority of vegetables sold today are of poor quality, which makes it hard for consumers to make a decision on which vegetables to buy.
For the researchers, the study was the first of its kind to look at the health effects of foods from around the world.
“I think that a lot of the things that people say are the health-promoting qualities of these fruits and vegetables are actually quite harmful to us,” Anderson said.
“If you take out the whole list of those vegetables that are really good for the body, it’s really hard to tell which are good and which are bad.”
The study was published in the journal PLOS One.