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Why you neglect small vegetables in your diet

Updated: Mar 15, 2023



Many of us have been taught to believe that bigger is better, whether it's bigger houses, bigger cars, or bigger portions of food. But when it comes to vegetables, bigger is not always better. In fact, research shows that small vegetables can have higher nutritional value compared to their larger counterparts.


Several studies have shown that small vegetables have higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients than their larger counterparts. For example, one study found that baby spinach contained significantly higher levels of antioxidants, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, than mature spinach. Similarly, smaller radishes have been found to contain higher levels of glucosinolates, which have potential anti-cancer properties, than larger radishes.


Despite their nutritional benefits, small vegetables are often overlooked and neglected in our diets. One reason for this is the emphasis on bigger and more visually appealing vegetables in supermarkets and restaurants. Another is that it is often more efficient for farmers to only harvest their crop when it reaches full size.


Garden Stack aims to address the neglect of small vegetables by promoting the use of compact, high-yielding gardening techniques. These methods allow for the cultivation of a variety of small vegetables in limited space and under various environmental conditions. By growing our own small vegetables, we can ensure a constant supply of nutrient-dense produce and reduce our reliance on supermarkets for our nutritional needs.


Small vegetables are a nutrient-dense and underappreciated food source. Despite the emphasis on larger vegetables in supermarkets and the convenience of processed foods, we should incorporate more of these nutrient-dense vegetables into our diets by growing them ourselves using compact gardening techniques. By doing so, we can improve our nutritional intake and contribute to a more sustainable food system.




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C Renee Cumberworth
C Renee Cumberworth
23 ก.พ. 2566

great article.

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