reasons-to-eat-kaleIn this day and age, many “superfoods” are over-hyped…but kale really is great!

I’d highly recommend you get more kale in your diet. Here’s 7 reasons why kale is good for you:

 

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(1) Vitamin K

One serving of kale will give you more than your daily need of vitamin K. Vitamin k is needed for

  • stable blood sugar levels
  • optimal bone health
  • preventing calcification of the arteries

 

(2) Vitamin A

Vitamin A is good for healthy skin and eyes. Good job kale is loaded with it!

 

(3) Vitamin C

Kale is high in vitamin C (and you thought that was only oranges, right?). Vitamin C is great for your immune system. Interesting fact: Broccoli also has more vitamin C than an orange (ounce for ounce).

 

(4) Antioxidants

Fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals by eating kale – it’s loaded with antioxidants (flavonoids and carotenoids). This study [1] showed that kale, above all other foods tested, had the highest protective effect against bladder cancer.

 

(5) Iron

Actually, calorie for calorie, kale has more iron than red meat.  Paul Thomas, EdD, RD, says…

“The major reason we need it is that it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body,”

An iron deficiency means you can’t produce enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

 

(6) Low Carb  & High Fiber

Kale is perfect for those on a low-carb diet. It’s high fiber content will help keep you regular. Too little fiber in the diet has been linked to digestive disorders, heart disease, and even cancer.

 

(7) Calcium

Consuming kale regularly will help prevent bone loss (osteoporosis). Since the US has some of the highest bone loss rates in the world, my American readers should pay particular attention to this. Again, calorie for calorie, kale has more calcium than milk.

No matter what diet you’re on, or if you’re bulking or cutting, kale is for everyone.

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Reference:

[1] Diet and bladder cancer: a case-control study. Int Urol Nephrol. 2005;37(2):283-9.

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