Why you should eat more kale!
By Charlotte Louise Nystrom
Kale is jam-packed with nutritional goodies to help keep your body healthy and strong. Prepare these delicious greens in countless ways! You can even use it to make desserts. Below you will discover all the amazing benefits of adding more to your diet. Armed with a few simple tools, you will soon be ready to improve your own health in one of the simplest ways possible.
With heart disease still listed as the number one killer of Americans, kale is the heavyweight champion against disease. Its fiber helps bind bile acids in your digestive tract, allowing your body to get rid of that bile, lowering your cholesterol level.
Next up, it can also work as a powerful antioxidant to reduce your risk of several cancers including those of the colon, breast, prostate, ovaries and bladder. The latest research shows that it provides your body with the ideal detox. This is thanks to compounds known as isothiocyanates, which come from glucosinolates, these detoxify your body at the genetic level.
It contains at least 32 types of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. In addition to helping detoxify your body, they also relieve symptoms associated with chronic inflammation. This is great news for the growing number of individuals who suffer from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Other powerful antioxidants found inside kale include high concentrations of vitamins A, C and K.
In addition to helping you fend off a lot of scary diseases, it also contains tons of vital nutrients such as potassium, folic acid, copper and iron. Iron is an important mineral, particularly for vegans or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It also provides lutein to improve your eyesight, and calcium to prevent or slow the progression of osteoporosis.
Kale is perfectly safe to consume in ordinary amounts. However, if you do intend to juice a large quantity, you should take the time to cook it first. Some plants, such as kale, are considered poisonous due to their high levels of oxalic acid. But five or six minutes of boiling will break down the oxalic acid, which can interfere with calcium absorption. For the best flavor, use this leafy green as soon as possible. As it sits, it can begin to gather an unpleasant bitter flavor.
Creative serving suggestions
Steam it for a delicious side dish with your next dinner. Bake it at 350 degrees with salt and olive oil for 15 minutes to make crunchy chips. Add a cup or two to your favorite pasta or casserole for a nutritious boost. It is also delicious in Parmesan mashed potatoes. This is a great way to get children to try it, or you could make them fudge pops or triple berry smoothies with this special secret ingredient.
Contact an Atlanta physician to discuss your diet.
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