Kale, the king of all the super healthy greens

I’d like to introduce you one of the best vegetables in this world, Kale.

Kale is one of the healthiest plant foods in existence. Kale is also called borecole, is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. There are many different types of kale. The leaves can be green or purple in color, and have either a smooth or curly shape.

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Kale is one of many nutritious cultivars of Bassica Oleracea, others include brocoli, cauliflower, collard, and Brussels sprouts.

What’s in a serving?? Cooked Kale (1 cup/ 130g)

  • Calories: 36 (152kJ)
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Total fat: 0.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.3g
  • Fiber: 2.6g

Kale contains more than twice the level of antioxidants contained in other leafy greens, which are themselves excellents sources. Kale includes beta-carotene, vitamin C, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols. But many substances that happen to be antioxidants also have other important functions. This includes the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, which are found in relatively large amounts in kale.

Kale is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C, an antioxidant that has many important roles in the body, and Vitamin K, an important nutrient that is involved in blood clotting.

Kale contains substances that bind bile acids and lower cholesterol levels in the body, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Steamed kale is particularly effective.

But those are not the only beneficts of this vegetable, Kale is actually loaded with compounds that are believed to have protective effects against cancer. But also, is very high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that the body can turn into vitamin A, and many important minerals, some of which are generally lacking in the modern diet. This includes calcium, potassium and magnesium. Kale is as well high in lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that have been linked to a drastically reduced risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Low in calories, full of nutrients and a exceptionally source of good benefits… Are you thinking in include Kale in your diet, aren’t you? 🙂

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