Kale may be the most nutrition food on the planet. Have you seen those T-Shirts and Slogans that ‘Kale is the New Beef’? Kale benefits are many. For starters, one cup of kale has a mere 36 calories. It’s near impossible to put on weight eating to much kale.
Kale has a whooping 5 grams of fiber per cup. Fiber is important for your digestive tract. It helps to keep you regular. Beef, on the other hand, has no fiber. Eating too much meat can make you constipated. Grains, fruits and vegetables are what you need to eat for fiber.
Another benefit of kale is that it is a good source of iron. In fact, kale has more iron than beef. You need iron to carry oxygen throughout your body. I remember feeling anemic many years ago and the Doctor put me on iron tablets. Iron deficiency is among the most common nutritional deficiencies and a leading cause of anemia.
Vitamin K has been receiving more attention these days. Kale is very high in vitamin K, which can help fight against cancer. Vitamin K has also been linked to helping people with Alzheimer’s disease. One cup of kale has 684% of vitamin K.
Calcium is a nutrient that is in abundance in kale. In fact, there is more calcium in kale than there is in milk. Calcium is important for good bone health.
Vitamin A is important for your eyes, and kale shines in vitamin A. You can get 206% of of vitamin A from 1 cup of kale.
Other eye nutrients that have been talked about a lot in the news are lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Yes, you can find both of these important ingredients in kale!
Kale is a good source for minerals copper, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus and it contains at least 45 different antioxidant flavonoids.
I know one woman who was healed of macular degeneration through prayer and eating a ton of kale. She told me she ate a lot of kale everyday.
Like any foods, it’s good to rotate what you eat. In particular, with greens it’s good to rotate because they carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being completely consumed. If you eat the same greens and never change, the toxins can build up in some people.
That said, kale is something that I personally want to keep in my diet most days of the week. Other good greens are spinach, collard greens, cabbage, bok choy, and chard.
There are many varieties of kale and many ways to consume it. My favorites are in smoothies, salads, kale chips, and kale ice cream. One day, I’ll have a book of all kale recipes.