The 10 Best Leafy Greens

The 10 Best Leafy Greens
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By Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Whether it's walking to work, installing a low-flow showerhead, or recycling more often, it's important to live a little greener. The same holds true for your diet. Saturated in an alphabet of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, leafy greens are the MVPs of the supermarket produce section. And if you need more incentive to toss bunches of kale into your grocery cart, a daily serving of leafy green vegetables may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 percent, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal.

In general, the deeper the green the more nutritional firepower the leaves contain. To help you zone in on the heavyweights, we've ranked ten greens from healthiest to least healthy based on their nutrient density and suggested ways to eat your fill without resorting to humdrum salads.

Check out the slideshow above to find out how healthy your favorite leafy greens are.

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