One of the hottest healthy foods right now is kale, and for good reason. This readily-available leafy green is packed with vitamins and nutrients, contains no fat, and is only 36 calories per cup! If you’ve never eaten or cooked kale, now is a great time to try it. You can find a huge variety of recipes and cooking methods for kale online. It can be eaten raw, cooked, in salads and soups, stir frys, and smoothies, or even baked.
What exactly is in kale that makes it so good for you? First, kale has 5 grams of fiber per cup to aid in digestion and lower cholesterol. The Vitamin C in kale helps increase metabolism. It also has more iron than beef! The concentration of nutrients in a serving of kale help strengthen the immune system to help fight viruses and bacteria, while the impressive amounts of Vitamin A promote eye health. Calcium, Vitamin K, and Vitamin D keep your bones strong. Kale also has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help keep you strong and beautiful from the inside out!
Research suggests that kale, like other dark leafy greens, help your body fight certain forms of cancer such as prostate, ovarian, and colon cancers. Its abundant amounts of Vitamin K help keep osteoporosis at bay and folic acid and Vitamin B6 help prevent heart disease by promoting cardiovascular health.
Clearly, we should all be eating more kale! If you’re hesitant to try a new taste, you might consider adding some kale to other greens in a salad, adding some to a breakfast smoothie, or using it in a soup or side dish.
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