Recently, kale has been increasing in popularity and is being recognised for a number of health benefits. Before I wrote this article I didn’t know much about kale, so I decided to do some research and find out why this vegetable is being hailed as one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Here is what I found:
What is kale?
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Kale, otherwise known as borecole, is a leafy green vegetable which is a descendant of the wild cabbage and is part of the Brassica family that also includes broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts. There are several varieties of kale and they all differ in taste and appearance. The most popular type is curly kale which is most commonly found in the supermarkets and ranges in colour from purple to light green. Kale is extremely hardy and fairy easy to grow, even in cold conditions.
What nutrients can be found in kale?
Kale is jam packed full of beneficial nutrients and vitamins meaning that just a small amount can provide you with a large dose of your daily dietary needs. It is extremely high in antioxidant vitamins K, A and C as well as being a great source of minerals including copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Best of all kale has zero fat and is extremely low in calories so it’s a great aid for weight loss.
What health benefits does kale provide?
Because kale is rich in vitamin K it can help to reduce the risk of developing various cancers as well as helping with bodily functions including blood clotting and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Kale is high in calcium which helps with healthy bones and it’s also an excellent source of fibre and sulphur which are great for detoxifying your body. Lutein is also found in kale which is beneficial for healthy eyes.
How can I enjoy kale in my everyday diet?
Some types of kale are quite bitter so it can be an acquired taste but there are numerous ways that you can enjoy kale in your diet without eating it raw in salads.
- Kale can be blended into a juice. Just add apples, carrots, kale and a dash of lemon and you have yourself a glass of liquid gold.
- Kale chips are a great snack and much healthier than potato chips. Bake some leaves in the oven with some olive oil and salt then crunch away.
- Add kale to soups or pasta dishes.
So the next time you’re at the supermarket, look out for kale and consider putting some in your trolley. With the number of health benefits it provides I know I’ll be giving it a go as soon as possible.
What are your favourite ways to eat kale?
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