The Health Benefits of Kale

If you haven’t yet jumped on the kale bandwagon and added this leafy green to your regular diet, it may be time you join the pack and get on board.  Over the past few years kale has grown increasingly popular among the health food community, earning its place among the top health food trends of the moment.  Aptly labeled a “nutritional powerhouse”, kale packs a serious punch when it comes to its health benefits.  So before you make your next trip to the grocery store, check out the below list of reasons why you should consider adding kale to your diet.
  • Kale is low in calories and high in fiber.  The high fiber content will aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, and curb the appetite.
  • Kale is a great source of iron.  In fact, on a per calorie basis kale has more iron than beef.
  • Kale is loaded with carotenoids and flavonoids, which are high-powered antioxidants that aid in the prevention of cancer.
  • A single cup of kale provides 1000% of your daily recommended Vitamin K.  In addition to reducing your risk of cancer, vitamin K promotes healthy bones and can help prevent blood clots.
  • Kale’s high fiber and sulfur content has been shown to aid in the body’s detoxification, which in turn promotes a healthy liver.
  • Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and B-6. 
When it comes to vegetables with health benefits it is hard to beat kale.  By making it a part of your regular diet you are doing your body a great favor.  Include it in a salad, sauté it with your favorite sauce, or get creative and blend it up in a smoothie loaded with other fruits and vegetables.  Make healthy eating a lifestyle choice, and you will be amazed at how quickly your daily life improves.

For those in Singapore, kale can be difficult to find.  Although not exactly the same, Kai Lan is a close substitute and widely available.  In fact, most leafy green vegetables will pack similar nutritional content; the important thing is that you add at least one to your regular diet.

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