March 17, 2014
Health Insights Articles
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate by cooking up one of our favorite GREEN super foods – kale.
Did you know?
On top of all the health benefits, kale is also budget-friendly! Try it in a salad with cranberries and walnuts, in a smoothie with your favorite berries, or make a kale pesto to top pasta or pizza. You can even make your own kale chips! There are many creative ways to include kale in your diet.
- One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of fat. Its high fiber content eases digestion.
- Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, aiding the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen throughout the body, promoting cell growth, and promoting proper liver function.
- Kale is high in vitamin K, which can help protect against various cancers and blood clotting. Vitamin K also promotes bone health.
- The powerful antioxidants (e.g., carotenoids and flavonoids) in kale help protect against cancer.
- Kale contains omega-3 fatty acids, which fight against arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
- Eating more kale can lower cholesterol levels, enhancing heart health.
- Kale is high in vitamin A, which is good for vision, skin health, and prevention of oral and lung cancers.
- Vitamin C in kale supports a healthy immune system and metabolism, and also aids in maintaining proper hydration.
- Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk. Calcium prevents bone loss and promotes a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C also promotes healthy cartilage and joint flexibility.
- Kale contains fiber and sulfur, which remove toxins from the body and keep your liver healthy.
If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy diet, or just don’t know where to start, please call us at (631) 726-8800 to make an appointment with a Nutritional Counselor. For help with general well-being, call The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at (631) 728-WELL.