Let us introduce you to your new Friend with Benefits or FWB for short: kale. Let’s just say…you have never had a friend like this before. This friend is looking out for your best interest, making sure your body and overall system are functioning to the best of their abilities and that you are healthy and even happy! What more could you ask for in a friend?
Here are a few other things you can look forward to in your new friend-with-benefits-relationship:
Kale is your source of carotenoids: these helpful little guys are linked to a person’s level of optimism. Turn that frown upside down and instantly improve your mood by adding kale to your daily diet.
High cholesterol? Your new FWB, kale, can help you lower your cholesterol, particularly when you steam it. This is because its fiber-related components bind together with the bile acids in the digestive tract when steamed. If that sounds a little complicated, just know this makes it easier for the acids to be expelled, resulting in lower cholesterol levels. (Raw kale will still do the trick, by the way!)
Lactose intolerant or just don’t like milk? Kale has 150 mg of calcium for every 100 grams, while milk has 125 mg!
Kale has more vitamin C than an orange! 1 cup of kale has 134% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, compared to 113% in a medium orange.
Kale also has 133% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, more than any other leafy green.
Kale is chockfull of vitamin K, with a 1327.6% of the daily recommended intake. Vitamin K is great for bone and heart health.
Kale has also been known for lowering the risks of many cancers, including: bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancer. This is due to the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in kale. These little guys make detoxing this new year a breeze. An easy way of doing this is by adding a cup of kale to your favorite morning smoothie!
Throughout 2014 we will share our love for kale with facts, recipes, and recipes. Check out this month’s recipes and come back next month for some heart-healthy recipes that are also sweet and fun for your valentine(s) whomever they may be!
Sources: Dr. Joy Bauer, www.joybauer.com; www.whfoods.com; www.nationalkaleday.org; Huffington Post’s “Healthy Living” and Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Health Facts, www.Mercola.com