It seems that in the past year or two kale has gone from being a fairly unknown leafy green, to the Beyoncé equivalent of them. From super chic kale salads to kale smoothies and everything in between, it seems that everyone has shunned cousin spinach and put the lettuce aside in favour of kale.
For those of you thinking that there must be some reason why everyone has become such big fans of kale, it turns out there’s a lot of very good ones, and here’s 10 of them:
1. Low in calories, high in fibre and has zero fat.
One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fibre and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fibre content.
2. High in Vitamin K.
Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
3. High in iron.
Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
4. A great anti-inflammatory food.
One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
5. Filled with powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
6. High in Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
7. Great for cardiovascular support.
Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
8. High in calcium.
Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
9. High in Vitamin C.
This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
10. A great detox food.
Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
So do like Bey and shout your love from the mountains! Incorporate this green superfood into your diet and even write it across your chest…if you’re so inclined!
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