I have noticed that Kale is gaining in popularity in Lebanon and that it is now available in most big chain supermarkets. It is indeed a leafy green vegetable exceptionally rich in nutrients combining both health benefits and a delicious flavor. It has been named a nutritional powerhouse.
8 reasons why Kale is a healthy option:
1-One cup of chopped Kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of Calcium, 206% of Vitamin A, 134% of Vitamin C and a shocking 684% of Vitamin K. (Source Webmd.com)
2- Vitamin K is necessary for good bone health and normal blood clotting. Also increased consumption of Vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
3- Kale is high in Iron. Per calorie, Kale has more Iron than beef.
4- It is also a good source of minerals: copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
5- Kale is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, the type of antioxidants associated with many anti-cancer health benefits.
6- It is high in fiber, which help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
7- On top of all of this, Kale thrives in cooler weather, which means you can enjoy its benefits all during the winter season.
8- Kale is high in sulfur as well as fiber, a great combination to detoxify your body and keep your liver healthy.
To best enjoy Kale:
- Try it raw when it is still tender, in a salad like lettuce.
- You can also try it cooked; it will retain its nutritional benefits.
Many stores in Lebanon sell Kale Chips. The health level of these chips will depend on the origin of the Kale used as well as the type of oils and the preparation method.
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