Kale had been around for a long time but it rose to the top of veggie popularity in 2012. It was put in the category of “superfoods” and didn’t just catch on in our everyday salads but graced sweatshirts, coffee mugs and the most trendsetting menus. The health industry boomed with the news of kale and its nutritional value. Five years later it is still a top superfood and found on most mainstream menus across the U.S. But is kale simply trendy or is it really good for you?
Doctors and nutritionist recommend eating dark leafy greens everyday as part of a regular, healthy diet. Kale is a leader in this category with beta-carotene, calcium and iron. It is high in fiber and rich in Vitamin K. Kale is low fat, fills you up and many people (like myself) think it tasted great. Kale is truly a superfood.
In a list, here is why kale is a superfood. Kale is. . .
- high in fiber to make you feel fuller and also to aid in digestion.
- low calorie and low in fat (36 grams and 0 grams respectively in 1 a 1 cup serving)
- rich in beta-carotene (that converts to Vitamin K) that heals our bodies with antioxidants and boosts our immune system.
- full of calcium which we know is essential for strong bones and teeth, but also reduces the risk of colon cancer and relieves PMS.
- high in iron which is an essential nutrient required to oxygenate our blood. This promotes brain function and enriches hair, nails and skin. (It has more iron then beef!)
- a good source of Vitamin K which we use to build and repair bones as well as form blood clotting for cuts and wounds.
Do you get the picture? Kale is an incredible superfood and should absolutely be celebrated in pop culture!
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