In recent years kale has been taking the health world by a storm, and with good reason. Kale has more iron per calories than beef, and more calcium per calorie than milk. I bet you never would of guessed that. Kale is a mere 35 calories, with a whopping 5 grams of fiber while still maintaining zero fat. There aren’t many foods that can hold up to the power of kale.
Kale is packed full of vitamins K, A, and C. What does that mean? Vitamin C plays an important role in hydration while helping build your bodies metabolism rate. Vitamin K aids in bone development. When your body is low in Vitamin K you are at a greater risk of suffering from bone fractures. Which can become a greater concern as you are pushing your body into a more active lifestyle. Vitamin K also has a strong link to cardiovascular support. (A cup of kale has 550 micrograms of Vitamin K) While Vitamin C and K work on keeping your insides healthy, Vitamin A takes care of your outside features. Vitamin A is associated with hair and nail growth, and also helps keep you hair and face moisturized.
Dark leafy vegetables like kale are not only high in vitamins, they are full of minerals and antioxidants. When digesting kale you are pumping your body full of the minerals: copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. The antioxidants found in kale help protect again certain cancers, more specifically colon cancer. The fiber and sulfur found in kale aids in detoxifying your body and leaving your liver in a healthy state.
If all of these reasons weren’t enough to make you want to pack your cart full of kale on your next shopping trip maybe this will give you the extra nudge. The biggest benefit of kale for me is the anti-inflammatory benefits. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis as 14 and living an active lifestyle and eating healthy is important to keeping myself in a low/ to pain free state. Kale contains 10% of the recommended RDA of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids leads the way in the fight against arthritis and other auto immune disorders. Millions of people a year are diagnosed with arthritis, 60% of the people diagnosed with arthritis are women while many men suffer from gout. Both of which can be kept under control by eating a daily serving of kale.
So on your next trip to the store make sure you grab some kale, there are too many reasons why you should. If you are looking for ways to incorporate kale into your diet, check out one of my favorite recipes for kale pesto.