What the kale are you talking about?
Everyone is talking about kale nowadays, and it is not that easy thing to find in our local stores,
And even if you do it is not the cheapest choice.
But gladly I found a really affordable and organic source: Bioland farms.
They plant and distribute organic vegetables, you can check here for more details!
Anyway, now that we found the famous kale, let us dig deep into it benefits so we know if it is worth the fuss or not! Shall we?
First, if you Google the nutritional information of 1 cup of kale you can notice that it tops the nutrient density scale. For example, one cup of raw kale has just 33 calories, yet contains a high dose of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. I mean a really significant dose:
684% of vitamin K
206% vitamin A
134% vitamin C
Plus a good amount of omega-3s, magnesium, calcium, folate, fiber, iron and even some grams of protein (2g).
While surfing the internet, I bumped into many concerns about kale and its connection to thyroid problems.
Nothing scientifically proven, just the internet.
So basically, certain molecules in kale called “goitrogens” can compete with iodine for uptake into the thyroid.
But in my opinion people should be more worried about eating excess amounts of iodine in seaweed, seafood and iodized salt. In addition, the consume of toxins such as BVO found in many sodas should be a greater concern for us.
Bottom line: eating healthy should be a journey that you are committed to completely.
You can’t eat healthy food occasionally combined with toxic products and blame the healthy ingredients for making a bad combination with it! It is not the kale’s fault! It’s the toxin combination that you are taking with it! More simply, you can’t have a kale salad with a can of soda and blame the kale, get the picture?
Continuing with the scientifically proven facts about kale, because if I want to believe everything on the internet, I won’t eat anything! So the best precaution is eating basic natural products, like vegetables and fruits and unprocessed food.
Kale helps bettering your mood because of its phytonutrients molecules that produce carotenoid that is recently linked to uplifting mood. With a combination of omega-3 acids and vitamin B6, iron and folate that can create more serotonin and dopamine, these two chemicals interact in the brain and can help elevate mood and fight the symptoms of depression.
Kale is a very important source of vitamin C – more than oranges!
134% of your daily recommended vitamin C dosage is present in a cup of kale, while an average orange contains 113%.
Kale is a large source of the organ sulfur compound that is a great natural way to prevent different forms of cancer.
Many studies explain the biggest problem in our diets: the lack of vitamins A, K, D and E, plus a lack in potassium. Luckily, kale is packed with all of these vitamins.
It is packed with many powerful antioxidants also including quercetin and kaempferol.
Kale also contains substances that bind bile acids and lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Kale is the top weight loss friendly food. It is very low in calories and very high in fibers that should help you feel full. And because of the low calorie/ high water combination, kale has a low energy density.
Eating plenty of foods with a low energy density has been shown to aid weight loss in numerous studies.
At the end of this quick article, we can see that kale is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet that adding it to your healthy lifestyle will dramatically boost the amount of nutrients you take in.
And an extra tip to know is that Kale’s benefits actually depend on the way you cook it.
When you steam kale, it provides a cholesterol aid.
Doing this causes the fiber-related components in kale to bind with acids in your digestive system.
The more kale is exposed to heat, air, and even light, the greater its production of vitamin C.
To increase calcium in kale, it should be steamed or sautéed, which further helps to increase your vitamin intake.
Many more detailed benefits to kale can be found in this link that I found really helpful: