Kale is an acquired taste. Good or bad it’s not everyone’s favorite food. But it has several powers which will make Kale eaters feel happy.
7 Facts about Kale
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable.
Winterbor F(1) type of kale has an excellent nutritional quotient. They have high antioxidant activity. Lower the processing, better is the nutrient content after cooking. Blanching is okay, but raw is best. Cooking can lower antioxidants like Vitamin C, polyphenols and to some extent Beta carotene. (1)
Kale stands at position 15 in a list of powerhouse fruits and vegetables made by Centers for Disease Control (a serving providing ≥10% of 17 essential nutrients (3).
Research finds Kale having vitamins A, K, C, and some folate, essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium.
Kale is a rich source of fibers. This is said to help prevent post-meal blood sugar rise(4). Eating kale-containing salad or any side dish with at least 7 g of Kale helps exert this effect.
When I started writing for Blogchatter A to Z this year, I didn’t know whether I could write enough. I also thought about whether it will make sense to spread this info. After all, everyone eats veggies. Right? But while researching for the posts I learned a few things which made me sit up.
Did you know there are more veggies in CDC power food list than fruits? Did you know eating the rainbow makes sense every day? Did you know obesity has a deep relationship with micronutrient deficiency? Diet is a key step to improve the quality of life.
Like the anti-inflammatory diet, is not only good for joints but also your body as a whole. What’s important is to know what processing does to the food and decide accordingly. We also need to know which kind of nutrients are easily absorbed and utilized by the body and cook our food accordingly. All this and more in this series and in the book releasing in May.
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1)Composition and antioxidant activity of kale (Brassica oleracea L. var. acephala) raw and cooked.
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2)Metabolic and bioactivity insights into Brassica oleracea var. acephala.
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4)Intake of kale suppresses postprandial increases in plasma glucose: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study
Sumio Kondo,1 Asahi Suzuki,2 Mihoko Kurokawa,2 and Keiji Hasumi3
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