Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. It provides an enormous amount of nutrients for very few calories. In particular the nutrients of kale target the health of the heart. Kale is one of the crucifer vegetables, a descendant of the wild cabbage. A dark leafy green with an earthy flavor, kale is surely a superfood.
REDUCE Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
One of the unbelievable benefits of kale is its ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Kale contains unusually high concentrations of carotenoids and flavonoid, two super-powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants work to protect the cells of our body from oxidative stress caused by many environmental factors. The sun, air pollution, and radiation are some of the factors we are exposed to every day.
Kale also contains a plethora of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Inflammation can be found throughout the GI tract, blood vessels and organs of the body. Common causes include an unhealthy diet high in processed foods, sugar and fats and environmental exposers.
The combination of oxidative stress and inflammation in the body is a risk factor for the development of different disease including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of kale can protect the body from these and many other conditions.
FUN FACT: Kale contains more vitamin C than an orange!
Our bodies produce cholesterol every day. Yet, we still get plenty in our diet, even too much. The excess buildup of cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease. An effective way reduce your cholesterol is to consume kale!
The fiber found in kale binds and excretes bile acids. The loss of these bile acids will give cholesterol an important job, to make more! This means the body will use cholesterol, eliminating it from causing damage.
Krazy for Kale
- Curly Kale is dark green, has wavy edges and a bitter taste
- Dinosaur Kale is blue-green with a sweet and delicate taste
- Ornamental Kale is found a variety of colors and has a mellow flavor
Kale chips make for a great quick crunchy snack. Try this recipe form Super Healthy Kids!
1 bunch Kale
2 TBL grapeseed oil
1 TBL lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chop kale into 1/2 inch pieces
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and massage the oil, lemon juice, and sea salt into the kale using your hands
Place on parchment lined baking sheets for 12 minutes.
Does your family have a favorite way to enjoy kale?