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If I had to learn to love two veggies for the rest of my life, which should I go for?
Short answer: kailan and broccoli. And we'd recommend you consider long Chinese cabbage as well. According to Nutrient Composition of Malaysian Foods, a book that lists the nutritional values of common local veggies like cauliflower, chye sim and bean sprouts, kailan ranks high in terms of calcium, potassium, carotenes and vitamin C, while broccoli is good for its protein and phosphorous levels.
The long Chinese cabbage is no loser either, ranking high in calcium, potassium, carotenes and vitamin C. If you're taking plenty of these three vegetables, one green you can safely skip is cauliflower; it's low in fat but low in almost everything else as well.
But still, "you need to eat a wide variety of vegetables to get a good mix of nutrients in your diet," recommends Wong Yuefen, consultant nutritionist of Food and Nutrition Specialists and member of Singapore Nutritionists and Dietitians Association.