There are many different types of kale. The leaves can be green or purple, and have either a smooth or curly shape. If you’re new to eating kale, I would recommend first trying tuscan kale (pictured above) because it’s slightly less bitter than it’s curly counterpart. Massaging olive oil through the kale also helps to get rid of the bitterness and makes for a great salad base.
7 Reasons Why You Need Kale In Your Life
- Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your diet.
- Kale, like other leafy greens, is very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that help counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in the body (often caused by stress or a bad lifestyle).
- Kale is extremely high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that has many important roles in the body. A single cup of raw kale actually contains more vitamin C than an orange. Great if your immune system needs a bit of a boost.
- Kale is actually loaded with compounds that are believed to have protective effects against cancer. Studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables (including kale) may significantly lower the risk of several cancers.
- It is a good, plant-based source of calcium, a nutrient that is very important for bone health and plays a role in all sorts of cellular functions.
- It is also a decent source of magnesium, an incredibly important mineral that gets depleted in the body when you are stressed and that most people simply aren’t getting enough of. Magnesium has shown to be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Kale also contains potassium, an extremely important mineral. Adequate potassium intake has been linked to reduced blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease.
Other than eating kale in a salad, another popular snack is kale chips. Drizzle some olive oil on your kale, add some sea salt and then bake in an oven until dry. Watch me make them here.
A lot of people also add kale to their smoothies or juice in order to boost the nutritional value. However raw kale can be quite bitter so try not to add too much or lightly steam the kale before adding it in.
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