Kale is healthy like all leafy greens but why is it more highly recommended than broccoli or lettuce. Have you ever asked yourself “what’s the big deal about kale?” Kale seems to have a special place in the heart of every nutritionist. What exactly makes Kale so cool?
Kale and Fiber
First and foremost kale is very high in fiber. A gram of kale contains more fiber than a gram of spinach and a gram of lettuce combined. (1) While all leafy greens may look alike it would appear your stomach can in fact tell the difference. Fiber of course helps us in the bathroom but it also helps you absorb essential nutrients.
Kale and Calcium
There is more than one way that kale can help you get all the essential vitamins and minerals. The typical way is by consuming them but kale can also help you absorb certain minerals that you eat from other foods. While kale does contain a small percentage of calcium eating kale also helps you absorb calcium.(2) Calcium is important for getting strong bones and gorgeous smile.
Kale and Magnesium
Calcium is one mineral but kale can provide you with so much more. The oxalic acid content in kale increases the ability to absorb magnesium. (3) Magnesium is important in making bones, DNA, and protein. Without enough magnesium your heart begins to beat erratically, and seizures can occur.
Kale and Potassium
If you want get some potassium in your system one of the best ways of doing that is by eating kale. Kale contains 243.1 mg of potassium in 100 grams which is relatively high when compared to brussels sprouts or cabbage. (4) Potassium is a mineral that helps keep your heart beating regularly. Potassium is also an electrolyte so it helps you control your muscles.
Kale and Phosphorous
Kale is a great source of phosphorous. It has 52 mg of phosphorus in every 100 grams. (4) Kale has the highest phosphorus content out of most vegetables. Phosphorus is similar to calcium in that it also strengthens teeth and bones.
Kale and Carotenoids
Carotenoids are precursors to vitamin A and they are one of the things that make kale cool. (5) Carotenoids do the same thing that vitamin A does and that’s help you see better. Although the carotenoid content depends partially on the season and maturity of the kale, carotenoids are always in kale making it healthier than other vegetables (6)
Kale and Vitamin C
Kale is one of the best sources of vitamin c even when compared to citrus. Kale ranks in the top 10 foods with the highest vitamin C content. Kale is so high in vitamin c and it is also high in antioxidants (7) The antioxidants in kale which protect the body from disease.
Kale and Folate
Kale is also an amazing source of folate. Folate, aka folic acid, is a vitamin that helps the body make DNA and not many people in the United States get enough. (8) Not eating enough folate while pregnant may cause birth defects in the child. The recommended daily dose for folate is about 200 mcg. (9) There are about 20 mcg of folate in a cup of kale, so while I wouldn’t recommend eating 10 cups of kale a day, keep in mind every bit helps.
Kale and Protein
Protein can be hard to find especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Luckily you don’t have to eat meat to eat protein. 1 cup of Kale has 5 grams of protein (4) Protein is extremely important in muscle building and overall development. Don’t let not eating meat stop you from eating protein.
Kale and Flavonoids
There are lots of flavonoids in kale. If you haven’t heard flavonoids are nonessential nutrients that to have antioxidative, anticancer, and anti-heart disease type qualities. (10) If potentially preventing cancer isn’t considered cool I don’t know what is!
Kale and Cholesterol
We all know cholesterol is bad which makes the fact that kale can lower your cholesterol all the more amazing. Kale has a high cholesterol-lowering potential (11) This could mean that as long as you eat plenty of Kale you don’t have to be afraid your next hamburger is going to give you a heart attack.
Kale is cool for so many reasons. For one thing kale is a great source of fiber, for another it’s a great source of vitamins in minerals. Even compared to other vegetables kale stands out as extremely healthy. But most of all kale is amazing because it could potentially prevent cancer and heart disease.