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Kale - A genuine superfood

August 8, 2016

 

There are over 50 varieties of kale and like broccoli, cauliflower and collards, kale is a descendent of the wild cabbage and has been around since ancient Roman times.

 

Health research on kale is providing evidence that its glucosinolates provide cancer-preventive benefits. Once digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds.

 

Kale's cancer preventive benefits stem from its unusual concentration of two types of antioxidants - carotenoids and flavonoids.

While it can be boiled, sautéed or bakes, the cholesterol-lowering ability of raw kale improves significantly when it is steamed.

 

Just 1 cup of kale:

- contains only 33 calories

- is high in fiber (helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)

- contains 3g of protein - all 9 essential amino acids

- contains vitamins  A, C, K and calcium

- contains Folate (a B vitamin that’s key for brain development)

- contains Lutein and zeaxanthin -  nutrients that protect against macular degeneration and cataracts 

- contains Alpha-linolenic acid - an omega-3 fatty acid

- contains minerals including phosphorus,potassium, calcium, and zinc

 

 

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