Monday, September 09, 2013
Health Benefits of Kale
Better than beef. Kale actually provides more iron per calorie than beef!
Antioxidants. Kale is simply loaded with antioxidants that protect against cancers and macular degeneration. To put it simply, it is an overall anti-inflammatory food. Need I say more?
Brain boost! Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid responsible for boosting brain and heart health and reducing your risk of Type II diabetes.
Cleansing. At 36 calories and a whopping 5 grams of fiber a cup, eating kale is like cleaning your intestines with a pipe cleaner.
Better than milk. Kale has more calcium per calorie when compared to a glass of milk. However, for calcium to be properly absorbed into the body, magnesium must be present. As kale has rich supply of both calcium and magnesium, the calcium in kale is actually absorbed by the body more readily than calcium from milk. Acid like lemon juice makes kale’s calcium even more bioavailable.
Better than an orange. One cup of kale offers 134% of your RDA of vitamin C, whereas a medium orange boasts 113%. However, as a cup of kale weighs about 67 grams and the orange weighs 131 grams, gram for gram, kale has over double the vitamin C of an orange! Next time you get a cold, better ask for some kale chips with your O.J.
Vitamin galore! Kale provides 133% of your daily vitamin A intake — a serious eye and skin booster! It also offers a ton of disease fighting vitamin K along with a myriad of other flavonoids and benefits