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Let’s get one thing straight right away: There are no bad vegetables. Maybe I need to clarify just a bit, because the most consumed “vegetables” in the United States include ketchup, iceberg lettuce, and french fries. I’m talking about anything that has a leaf. I’m talking about anything that makes a crunch when you bite it. I’m talking about anything that’s green, red, orange, or, in rare cases, white (cauliflower and mushrooms). Get the point? I’m not talking about french fries.

So, if the title of this book were The 500 Healthiest Foods on Earth instead of the 150 healthiest foods, probably every member of the vegetable ...

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