Kale Health Benefits

Published 5/16/13

What is Kale?

Originating throughout Europe, Kale, also known as borecole, is a type of cabbage that has distinctive green or purple leaves and can grow as high as 6 or 7-feet. Kale is part of the Brassica oleracea species along with broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts.

Kale Nutrition

Kale truly is a nutritional powerhouse. One cup of kale contains 15% DV of calcium, 15% DV of vitamin B6, 40% DV of magnesium, 180% DV of vitamin A, 200% DV of vitamin C, and over 1,000% of vitamin K. It also contains 5-grams of fiber with only 35 total calories.

Kale Benefits

As a result of the excellent combination of many essential vitamins and minerals, kale has many excellent benefits to offer. The list of benefits that kale provides includes lowering the risk of various types of cancer (vitamin K), boosting the immune system and metabolism (vitamin C), aiding with the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body (iron), preventing bone loss (calcium), detoxing (fiber), and aiding in the digestion process (fiber). The fiber also helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and in turn lower the risk of cardiac disease. Kale has also been known to help prevent and reduce the symptom severity of arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune diseases due to its high Omega-3 fatty acid content. 

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I tried juicing kale once. Once. If you have a chnace to try kale juice some time don't.But! That put me off kale for a long time. But recently an article in Bon Appetit singing its praises had me reconsider. The easiest way is sliced in 1/2 ribbons and stir-fried in a smoking hot wok with little slivers of garlic thrown in now and then, and sea salt. If they get a little scorched around the edge in a couple of places, good. Do them in small batches, until they're bright green. A bit of sea salt and that's it.I've been trying other things. Adding some Ethiopian Berbere was fantastic. Would be good with cottage cheese and niter kebbeh, too.Or, throw in some raisins and scallions, a pat of butter, and a tablespoon of olive oil, sea salt, and a teaspoon or two of sugar and stir. Kind of a rugged version of espinacas catalanas.If you don't believe, me, well, too bad for you. Here's one last testimonial. I planted four kale in my garden this morning, and my five-year-old shouted, Mmm! I love kale!
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