Spinach and cabbage were the winners. Just one to two portions a day were what is required of the super leafy vegetable and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes would be reduced by 15%.
The report was carried out by the British Medical Association Journal division during 2010 at the De Montfort University in Leicestershire, England. However the BMA insisted that people should continue to aim for the five a day target of eating fruit and vegetables. They found that just eating five a day did not alter the risk of diabetes development but including spinach and/or cabbage pushed the “general trend” towards altering the risk.
A portion (one portion of your five a day) would be around the equivalent of 82g of say spinach or cabbage. The amount the study recommended you aim for is around 107g or around a portion and a half. As the study continued they tried broccoli and cauliflower and found these two vegetables also right up there as key to diabetes reduction risk too.
So why do these big four of Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower have such a protective impact? They are high in antioxidants, rich in Vitamin C and have high levels of magnesium.
Nutritionists and scientists are now beginning to do more research on whether Kale also has a similar benefit. A professor at a University in Otago, New Zealand agreed with the study and said
“We must not lose sight of the fact that your five a day fruit and vegetable intake must still apply and that we must not take the green leafy vegetable findings as a magic bullet but I would clearly include at least two green leafy vegetables in your five”
The next study which already started in the summer of 2010 will concentrate on whether Jerusalem artichokes, some garlic, chicory and asparagus will benefit those trying to lose weight and will study their role also in reducing type 2 diabetes.