What is kale?
Kale is very nutritious super food and is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.
Did you know, that kale is similar to the cabbage and belongs to the same family of cruciferous vegetable that also includes, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi, arugula (rocket), turnips and watercress.
Where kale came from?
Kale grows well in cold climate and has been very prevalent in Europe for over 2000 years until sometime in the middle ages when cabbage started to become more popular.
In nineteenth century Scotland kale was used as a generic term for 'dinner' and all kitchens featured a kale-pot for cooking.
The original kale ancestors are thought to be native to Greece and kale was extremely popular in ancient Greece and Rome.
Why kale is so good for us?
- Kale promotes weight loss. It is full of nutrients and low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.
- Kale slows the aging and makes you look young. Kale is very reach in antioxidants, the natural compounds that help to prevent damage to your body cells or repair damage all ready there.
- Kale reduces risk of a number of diseases. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
- Kale is good for your bones. Kale is high in calcium. Calcium aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility.
- Kale makes your feel healthy and energizing. Kale is high in iron. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to different parts of the body. Our immune system also needs iron to work well.
- Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
Did you know that -
½ bunch of kale has the same amount of iron as medium beefsteak.
½ bunch of kale has the same amount of calcium as in ½ glass of milk.