Watch out Popeye, your beloved spinach has some competition.
Although kale has been around for a long time, it seems to have gained quite the popularity on just how powerful of a food source it can be for your body. It is rich in many nutrients that help lower cholesterol and prevent cancer and has many other benefits.
Here’s the breakdown:
*According to WebMD, “One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.”
*Kale contains antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients
*It has antioxidants and carotenoids that are known to be anti-cancer health benefits
*Promotes lutein and zeaxanthin compounds which helps with eye health
*Helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw
*It’s rich in vitamin K. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods rich in vitamin K, can help “reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer.”
Because kale contains oxalates, it can interfere with the absorption of calcium in your body, so avoid eating calcium-rich foods at the same time as the powerful green. Also, kale has more benefits when it’s cooked compared to when it’s raw.
RealSimple.com, Allrecipes.com and Health.com are three great websites to find healthy kale recipes.