Kale seems to be everywhere nowadays. From kale snacks to juicing, this green leafy vegetable is making its was into every health conscious persons diet. And rightfully so.
Kale or (borecole) has been on dinner plates since Roman times and commonly finds its way onto plates across much of Europe and Africa. Kale hails from the cabbage family, which also includes the trio broccoli, cauliflower, and collards.
The Benefits of Kale
Coming in with just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has:
- About 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and keeps you feeling full)
- Nearly 3 grams of protein
- Vitamins A, C, and K
- Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid (while kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet)
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green color. Together they act to protect against macular degeneration and cataracts Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc
- Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
Check out this banana kale smoothie recipe from What’s Up Moms? Maybe I'am a little biased because I love bananas but this smoothie is absolutely delicious!
Even if all food history shows that foods gain and lose popularity due to fad diets , kale is one of many raw vegetables that has staying power.
A tried and true recommendation from health professionals is eating to eat your fruits and veggies. And for good reason. The nutritional benefits of fruit and veggies can help keep heart disease and stroke, help manage your blood pressure, avoid diverticulitis – a painful ailment of the intestines.
You might also find this book to be of interest: The Mediterranean Zone. It’s authored by Dr. Barry Sears. It presents a evidence based position on what our diet does to our bodies and our brains.
Live a longer, leaner, healthier life in the Mediterranean Zone! - from the book "The Mediterranean Zone"
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- Top 5 Superfoods That Boost Your Brain
- Portion Sizes: Then And Now
- The Four Antioxidants For Healthier And Younger Looking Skin