These 8 Vegetables Are the Actual Superfoods, According to Science

Updated 04/24/19
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It seems as though every day a new superfood is brought into the spotlight for its numerous health benefits. While trendy foods like ghee, matcha, kale, and chia seeds all have their place in a balanced diet, basic vegetables still reign supreme, a new report confirms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ranked a few of the healthiest foods based on their nutrient density—that is, how much nutritional value they contain per calorie—and found that common vegetables made the top of the list. According to the experts, the healthiest foods aren't necessarily trendy. Instead, staples like cabbage and cauliflower are full of the vitamins and minerals while maintaining a low-calorie count, Business Insider reports. It might be time to rethink your grocery list—here are the eight of the healthiest foods to stock up on.

Cabbage

Cabbage
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Cabbage is full of calcium, iron, fiber, folate, and other vitamins. It's also extremely low-cal, meaning you can feel good about digging into a hearty portion.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower
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Cauliflower is packed with fiber; folate; vitamins B6, C, and K; and potassium. This veggie comes in at just 27 calories per cup, making it seriously nutrient dense.

Scallions

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You may want to start adding chopped scallions to your salad of choice. These vegetables contain vitamins A and C and are low in calories despite their yummy taste.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts are having a moment and for good reason. They full of compounds that can reduce the risk of certain cancers and are high in fiber; folate; vitamins A, C, K, and B6; iron, and potassium.

Pumpkin

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While pumpkins may gain popularity in the fall, they're one food that you should be eating year-round. They're packed with vitamins A, B6, C, and E; potassium; fiber; and iron.

Broccoli

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Broccoli is another vegetable thought to reduce the risk of some cancers. It's also high in vitamin C and folate.

Arugula

Arugula
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Arugula is the perfect addition to any salad. It contains zinc, calcium, and iron, and it's thought to prevent certain diseases

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers
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Bell peppers are full of vitamins A, C, and B6. In fact, just one cup contains 300% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C.

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