The HCG Diet Vegetables
The vegetables that are allowed in the HCG diet protocol were carefully selected by Dr. A.T.W. Simmons based on his clinical research and were proven to not interfere with the effect of the HCG hormone. Clinical research since the Simeons protocol was developed has confirmed that these vegetables are packed with phytonutrients that can reduce a person's risk of cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, and they offer other health benefits that are currently being studied.
So, the HCG diet offers much more than the ability to lose weight quickly, although that's the main reason why most of us try the diet. It will also detoxify your body through clean nutrition and further reduce your susceptibility to various chronic illnesses. The fruit and protein selections for the diet also offer several amazing health benefits that we will discuss in the future.
Health benefits of a few of the HCG diet vegetables
The allowed vegetables include: asparagus, beet greens, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, chard, chicory, fennel, lettuce, onion, red radishes, spinach and tomatoes. The health benefits of the first seven vegetables from the list are described below:
Asparagus - asparagus must be eaten quickly (within 48 hours) as it can spoil, but it is packed with incredible health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory food that has several anti-inflammatory nutrients. It also is packed with several major anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, glutathione and Vitamin E as well as minerals. Asparagus supports digestive health by promoting the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine, and it is also rich in fiber.
Beet greens - beet greens are the greens attached to beet roots and they are delicious and can take the place of chard or spinach in recipes. They contain lutein which is beneficial for eye health and they also provide a great source of fiber. They are also packed with vitamin A which strengthens the immune system and increases white blood cell production.
Celery - celery is sometimes overlooked as being a healthy vegetable, and research has found it to be packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients and a dozen or more anti-oxidants. Steaming celery retains 80 to 90% of its anti-oxidants and is the preferred method of cooking it, otherwise it can be eaten raw in a wide range of different recipes. The phytonutrients and anti-oxidants in celery have been shown to reduce blood vessel damage and support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Cabbage - the health benefits of cabbage are many, and there are extra cholesterol reducing benefits if you decide to steam this vegetable, however raw cabbage has this same effect. Cabbage has an anti-cancer nutrient called sinigrin. It is also high in polyphenols which function as antioxidants, especially for red cabbage. Cabbage is also rich in glucosinolates which can prevent a wide range of different cancers. It protects the cardiovascular system by lowering bad cholesterol levels, and it has several digestive benefits as well including regulating the bacteria that cause peptic ulcers and more.
Cucumbers - cucumbers have shown to be rich in polyphenols called lignans which can reduce the risk of several different types of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. They are also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and anti-oxidants, and they are also rich in a phytonutrient family called cucurbitacins which are currently being studied for their anti-cancer properties. Organic cucumbers should preferably be consumed on the HCG diet because non-organic cucumbers are often waxed, and the waxes used for non-organic cucumbers may have chemical contaminants.
Chard - swiss chard has a wide range of phytonutrients that are only rivaled by spinach including 13 antioxidants. It has been proven to be effective at regulating blood sugar which may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. It is rich in both fiber and protein which are important for regulating blood sugar as well, and it can also help pancreatic cells regenerate. It also supports liver and bone health and it is an excellent vegetable for anyone with pre-diabetes or diabetes to consume with its blood sugar regulating benefits.
Chicory - chicory root has been used for generations to treat liver problems and it offers digestive benefits by increasing bile flow and improving gall bladder health. Chicory also has the highest concentration of inulin out of any vegetable which has been proven to support digestive health by promoting the growth of good bacteria, similar to asparagus. It also raises the level of antioxidants in the blood and can help optimize blood sugar levels. It is commonly consumed as a coffee replacement.
How vegetables should be consumed on the HCG diet
The HCG diet vegetables are a major key to having a successful diet, and our HCG diet protocol recommends you to only eat steamed, raw or grilled vegetables to get the most nutritional benefit from them. Eating vegetables raw is definitely preferable in many cases, but steamed vegetables or grilled vegetables will also retain their nutrients.
As mentioned in some of the health benefit descriptions of the HCG diet vegetables, preparation does matter because it can affect the levels of phytonutrients in the vegetables, and you should do some research on the vegetables that you are going to eat while on the HCG diet to find out the best way to prepare them (raw, grilled or steamed). If it's not a big deal to you, you can eat the vegetables any way that you prefer.
Remember that only one type of vegetable is allowed per meal, and you should not mix different vegetables together, but you can alternate the vegetables that you eat on different days if you want more variety. Mixing vegetables can cause unknown consequences with the HCG hormone, and although you may still lose weight when mixing vegetables you don't want to risk affecting the diet (and your weight loss results) in any way.
Don't try to cook the vegetables on the diet any other way or you risk losing those vital nutrients. As discussed in the past, it's also better to eat more vegetables if you feel like you might be tempted to cheat on the diet, and devoting a larger amount of your 500 daily allotted calories for vegetables will keep you satiated because of their higher fiber content and low calories per serving. There are several creative recipe ideas that you can find in the HCG diet recipe book that we provide you with your program purchase. Purchase the HCG diet program here and get the recipe book and other helpful information.