Kale has become one of the latest super-food crazes. There are many health benefits from eating kale, so it's no wonder it has been endorsed by chefs and celebrities alike. Here are some of the advantages of eating this vegetable:
Kale has high levels of vitamin K which helps to control inflammation. Conditions like asthma and auto-immune disorders are examples of inflammatory diseases. It is also thought that vitamin K keeps you looking youthful for longer because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
It is rich in iron and vitamin C, which is a good thing because these two vitamins work well together as you need vitamin C to absorb iron. This can help with anemia. When people don't get enough iron in their diet they get very tired and lethargic, so eating kale stops your iron levels from being depleted.
Kale contains Beta-carotene which the human body converts into vitamin A. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant known to prevent cancer and heart disease.
It has high levels of calcium in it, which helps to keep your bones strong. As you get older your bone density diminishes and as a result osteoporosis can set in.
Kale has lots of fiber in it, which will keep you fuller for longer and aid digestion.
To get the most nutrients from this green vegetable, you need to store it in an air tight bag and keep it in the fridge. It's best to eat it within three days of buying it. After that it starts to go off and tastes bitter. Wash the kale thoroughly just before you use it, but not before storing it as this will increase spoilage.
Kale is most often boiled. To get the most nutrients from this leafy-green, boil it in water for around five minutes then drain the water away. Try not to over-cook it as it will go soggy and lose its taste.
There are so many health benefits to be had from eating this green vegetable. It's hardly surprising kale is the latest must-have super food.
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