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Not everyone is keen on this dark green, leafy friend, Kale. It might be the texture. It might be the flavor. It might be some phobia of eating things that are good for us. No matter what your reason is for disliking kale, it’s time to get over it and eat more kale.
So why am I trying to upsell this leafy green? Kale is incredibly nutritious and is a great addition to snacks (dry it out and bake it), soups (cream or broth-based soups), salads, casseroles, and tons of other types of dishes.
5 Reasons You Should Eat More Kale
#1) High Fiber, No Fat, Low Calories
Kale is great because one cup only has 36 calories, no fat, and 5 grams of fiber. The fiber is good for helping your digestive tract and helping you stay regular. Fiber has also been known to lower cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels, and helps people lose weight.
Foods that are high in fiber take longer to chew. It’s true, just think about those high fiber foods. The longer you chew, the slower you eat, and the more time your body has to register if it is full or not. Because of that, you are less likely to overeat.
#2) Iron Content is Through the Roof
Kale is great for iron. In fact, it has more iron than beef! Iron is important because it helps bring your body oxygen. It is an important part of hemoglobin (stuff in red blood cells). That’s why, if your period is extra heavy, you feel sluggish (you’re losing a lot of red blood cells, which transport oxygen around).
So, if you’re feeling sluggish around your period, try to eat a healthy portion of kale.
You may also want to add some kale to your diet I you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have kidney failure (especially if you’re doing dialysis treatment), have an ulcer, have some type of gastrointestinal disorder, work out a lot, or have had some fast weight loss.
#3) Kale is Filled with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are good for your body because they help protect against various forms of cancer. They help protect your body against free radicals (which are molecules that are produced in your body after your body breaks down food for energy). Free radicals are also given off by the environment around you (like cigarette smoke and radiation).
They rob your cells of electrons. For the most part, your body can do a good job replacing them (like when your body makes energy out of food). However, it can be difficult when your body is constantly bombarded by them. That’s when antioxidants come in handy. They help give electrons to those free radicals so that they don’t have to steal them from your body. Was that too science-y?
The breakdown: Antioxidants are good. Free radicals are bad. Eat more kale.
#4) It’s a Natural Anti-Inflammatory
If you have arthritis, asthma, or any kind of autoimmune disorder, you know how important anti-inflammatory foods are. Even if you don’t feel as though you need an anti-inflammatory, if you incorporate more kale into your diet, you may find that you feel better.
It may help you
- breathe easier
- to move smoothly and without pain
- get rid of headaches
#5) What Other Vitamins Do They Have?
Kale is high in Vitamin A, C, calcium, and sulfur. Sulfur (and fiber) are great detox foods. They help your body get rid of nasty toxins that accumulate in your body. Calcium is great at preventing bone loss, osteoporosis, and maintain cartilage.
So what do you think? Will you eat more kale?
What are your favorite recipes that contain kale?