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Leafy Greens Provide Vital Nutrients for Plant-Based Diets

Leafy Greens Provide Vital Nutrients for Plant-Based Diets

Did you know that there are nearly 400 million vegetarians worldwide? 

Vegetarianism provides countless benefits for the planet and overall body health. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or practice any other plant-based diet, it can be challenging at times. So it’s important to educate yourself on foods needed to achieve proper balanced nutrition. And leafy greens are a must!

Contrary to popular belief, most plant-based diets are not lacking in protein. This is a result of protein-packed beans, lentils and pastas that often make the plate. However, the top nutrient deficiencies in plant-based diets include vitamin B12, calcium, iron, zinc, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, predominantly found in animal proteins. 

EAT YOUR GREENS

To combat this, up the intake of veggies that are rich in these essential vitamins and minerals. Leafy greens are like a nutrient powerhouse. Vertical Roots greens provide nearly all of these noted nutrients that meatless diets are lacking (and then some).

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Knowledge is power. Food nutrition education is key to make proper food choices. So here’s a quick rundown of the benefits these nutrients provide your vitality and health.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help prevent blood clotting, promote heart health as well as fight inflammation, depression and anxiety.

Iron: Foods like leafy greens are rich in vitamin C will also help iron absorption. Even though iron from plants is not as easily absorbed, eating them in abundance can make a difference in your iron level.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and may help combat iron deficiency, lower heart disease risk, and lower blood pressure.

Vitamin B12: Vertical Roots’ leafy greens contain 5 of the 8 vitamins in the Vitamin B complex, which are beyond essential for your body’s functioning.

  • B5 (pantothenic acid) promotes the production and release of antibodies from B-cells
  • B6 may promote brain health, eye health, and may help fight depression
  • B1 (thiamin) is needed for nerve and muscle functions as well as metabolizing carbohydrates
  • B2 (riboflavin) is needed for metabolism and energy production
  • B12 helps to maintain healthy cells, nerves, and DNA production

Vertical Roots leafy greens have countless other antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy heart, memory, immune system, strong bones, eyesight and even skin: Beta-carotene, Fiber, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. Read about all of the nutrient benefits here.

Columbia-area food suppliers adapt as restaurants sales drop

Columbia-area food suppliers adapt as restaurants sales drop

The Post and  Courier – Free Times highlights Vertical Roots farms in Charleston and Columbia, SC.

Charleston’s Vertical Roots, which has a growing site in West Columbia, saw an initial 30 to 40 percent retail sales spike but then saw that dip back to average sales, details Andrew Hare. The general manager and co-founder of the hydroponic projects that sales will stay stable next week and notes that restaurant sales are almost at zero.

Coping with Covid: Vertical Roots  – Charleston  Business Journal

Coping with Covid: Vertical Roots – Charleston Business Journal

Charleston Business speaks with Andrew Hare, GM of Vertical Roots.

“This virus, this pandemic, has not changed how we operate,” Hare said. “We abide by the highest level of food safety, and that’s not changing whether or not there’s a … virus spreading.”

Hare said he never wants it to come across that hydroponic farming is better than conventional farming — the two methods are just different. The most basic difference, he said, is that conventional farming is outdoors and susceptible to the effects of livestock and nature, while hydroponic farming at Vertical Roots is within a controlled environment.

Vertical Roots hits the road in their Lettuce LocalMotive, spreading the good word of hydroponics – Charleston City Paper

Vertical Roots hits the road in their Lettuce LocalMotive, spreading the good word of hydroponics – Charleston City Paper

Charleston City Paper features Vertical Roots farm site on Daniel Island, SC.

The technology of planting crops has revolutionized over the years.

The hydroponic growing system is simple — nutrient-filled water replaces traditional soil in order to grow the plant, and for the first time since we started tilling land, farmers can grow crops without the soil beneath their feet.

Hydroponic container grower Vertical Roots is taking one of their shipping container farms on the road — they’re hitting the streets with the Lettuce Localmotive, teaching people about the process of growing lettuce. They’ll be making stops at Publix and Greenwise Markets across the country.