Health Benefits of Kale

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Health Benefits of Kale

Kale is a beautiful cruciferous vegetable, often also strongly considered to be one of the most nutritious. We like to think of it as the frilly bow tie of the vegetable kingdom, and my oh my is this one health machine of a super green. Kale is good for you and an important inclusion in your diet for so many reasons, this post is almost too difficult to write. But we’ll try to break down some of the most important things you should know about why kale is so healthy.

Kale fights fat. You’ll read about it if you have all day to do a Google search on kale’s health benefits, and then you spend all day reading the articles that you find. Don’t. We already did it for you. Most greens (think lettuce, here, people) are not necessarily super high in fiber, but kale turns all that info on its head. Thus, adding kale to your diet provides you a nutritious and healthy green, and one that will adequately replace starchy foods, or bread, or rice, for example, insomuch as it will also give you the feeling of a full belly.

Vitamins and Nutrients in Kale

Kale is loaded with Calcium and Vitamin A, making it a dream inclusion in your diet. But that’s not all, folks. Phytonutrients, beta-carotene, antioxidants ahoy! It’s got ’em all in droves! And because of all this, kale is thought to be an excellent aid in the body’s fight against heart disease, chronic diseases related to aging, and cancer, too.

Beta-carotene we associate with carrots and having better vision, if you bothered listening to your mom when you were a kid. And other carotenoids such as zeaxathin and lutein are also to be found in kale — and they’ll battle the sun on your behalf, minimizing the damage to your eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts.

And as far as calcium is concerned, when it’s taken as a supplement, research has shown that some other supplements cancel out its effectiveness, while further complications exist in the body’s ability to absorb what we put in. And so kale, which provides tons of calcium, also distinguishes itself by making that calcium that is more easily absorbed, helping to prevent osteoporosis in the body. And this is in addition to kale’s quantities of Vitamins B6 and C, as well as folic acid and potassium, too.

And what about manganese? Kale’s got that too, which will help your body to fight oxidation and protecting the body’s systems against free radical damage, the natural way.

Nutritional Values of Cooked Kale
Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories: 18
Fat: 0g
Saturated fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Carbs: 4g
Protein: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sodium:15 mg
Vitamin A: 8,854 IU
Folic Acid: 9 micrograms
Vitamin C: 27 mg
Calcium: 47 mg
Magnesium: 15 mg
Potassium: 148 mg
Carotenoids: 17,172 micrograms

Tuscan Kale in the Garden

Tuscan Kale in the Garden

More Information About Kale Around the Web

Find the 20 best recipes featuring kale as an ingredient, from All Recipes.

Get quality information on the Nutritional Value of Raw Kale now.

How to Successfully grow Kale in the garden this year, from Vegetable Gardening Online.

How Stuff Works: Information on Why Kale is Healthy. (the source online for the handy info above on cooked kale’s nutritional value – thanks!)

The Truth About Kale” on WebMD, written by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, WebMD Expert Columnist.

9 Health Benefits of Kale, from Eat This! online.

Top 10 Benefits of Eating Kale, from Mind Body Green online.

 Video on Kale: The Basics of the Superfood

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