We need nutrients to function; some our bodies make on their own, and some we have to get through food. And, like most things in life, some hog the spotlight (looking at you, vitamin C) while other important nutrients work hard backstage. Here are some of those lesser-known names and the foods in which you can find them.
Chopping or chewing cruciferous vegetables breaks down their glucosinolates — a group of sulfur-containing chemicals responsible for the veggies' pungent smell and bitter taste — into compounds that some studies have linked to lower cancer risk, notably lung and colorectal. More research is needed, but considering how nutrient-rich cruciferous veggies are, why not include a serving with dinner?
This essential nutrient does a lot of good things for your body: Choline helps your liver, muscles, brain, and metabolism — all at the same time! A choline deficiency can lead to muscle and liver damage and our bodies don't make enough of it on their own, so it's important to get enough of it from our food.