The Health Benefits of Eating Kale
If you haven't already, then now's the time to get on the kale bandwagon! It is a nutrition powerhouse and one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.
With kale being a staple of the internet, you've probably heard about all the benefits of this super healthy green. But, how much do you know about kale? Did you know that kale gives you more than just iron-rich chlorophyll?
This article will cover the four essential health benefits of eating kale and why you should be devouring some as soon as possible.
1. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth
One cup of raw kale contains only 33 calories but provides over 100% of your daily recommended vitamins A and C intake! Plus, it's loaded with fibre, calcium, and iron. It is a leafy green vegetable that's low in calories but high in fibre, vitamins and minerals — especially vitamins K1 and K2.
There are many different ways to cook kale, but one of our favourites is sautéing it in a little bit of rice bran oil from the Godrej veg oils range with some garlic and sea salt. However, you can also try roasting it with olive oil and red pepper flakes or making a raw salad with avocado and lemon juice.
2. Kale is the poster child of superfoods
It's got everything you need to keep you healthy and fit. Kale is a member of the cruciferous family, which means it contains compounds such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol that help prevent cancer and other diseases.
It has more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more potassium than a banana. You can pair it with Jersey cream or Sofit soymilk in salads and smoothies to help enrich your diet.
3. Kale Contains Antioxidants
One of the main reasons why kale is so good for you is its abundance of antioxidants. These little molecules help prevent cell damage that could lead to cancer and other diseases.
You can find antioxidants in various foods, but kale has them in spades! Kale also contains carotenoids, flavonoids, and selenium, all of which fight free radicals in your body.
4. Kale Improves Heart and Bone Health
Kale contains a lot of fibre, which helps lower cholesterol levels and prevents cardiovascular disease. One cup of raw kale contains approximately 2 grams of fibre, while one cup cooked contains 4.7 grams of fibre.
One cup of raw kale contains 177mg of calcium. This mineral helps strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis, especially during menopause, when estrogen levels decrease.
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