This post is about another superfood – kale! This vegetable belongs to the cabbage family. Kale, like broccoli, is packed with nutrients. I'm going to let you know about the health benefits of kale without boring you: P. Well, you don't need any reasons to include it in your diet, period! Let's see how it can help us get well –
Top Health Benefits Of Kale
1. Kale is low in calories. One cup of kale is roughly 36 calories. Weight Watcher, are you watching 🙂?
2. High in fiber – 5 grams of fiber in one cup!
3. No fat
4. Great for digestion
5. Rich in iron. Kale is a must have for anemic people.
6. Rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. N You thought only citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C 😉
7. High in Calcium – Don't be shocked if you read this. Kale has more calcium per calorie than milk.
8. Kale contains antioxidants – carotenoids and flavonoids, which help protect against various types of cancer.
9. Kale has anti-inflammatory properties, just like brown rice.
10. Kale promotes lowering cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol please read here.
11. Great for Detox – the buzzword!
12. Rich in pottasium
13. Rich in manganese
Before asking any questions about potassium or manganese, check Kale's nutritional information (per 100g).
(Source: USDA National Nutrient Database)
Some tips to include kale in your diet
Kale is a perishable vegetable. So use it before touching anything else in your grocery store. Do not keep it in the refrigerator for more than 4-5 days. The more days it is unused, the more bitter it becomes!
Kale with smaller leaves is tender and easy to digest, unlike kale with larger leaves.
Wash it with running water to remove dirt, grime, etc. Just wash it before use as water can spoil kale.
Kale, if not organic, can be extremely exposed to pesticides. Beware.
Few recipes where you can add kale to – soups, salads, pizza, pasta. Kale chips and juice are also very popular.
Now the hard part. If you have thyroid, stay away from it! There are studies that mention that kale is goitrogenic. This simply means that it interferes with the functioning of the thyroid gland. Even though the studies are controversial, I would still suggest that you avoid kale if you have thyroid.
Do you know some kale recipes? Have you used kale and lost weight? Share with us!
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