Kale, food or flower …
As flower …… I’m not sure I could have cooked these lovelies. They looked like large overblown roses to me and I found it impossible to walk past them at the Carriageworks farmers market a few weeks ago. As flowers they lasted a couple of weeks, do remember to change the water often and at the end they got a bit smelly.
“The World’s Healthiest Foods’s writeup of kale explains “Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits.” In other words, kale can help people reduce their risk of a wide variety of cancers, thanks to the glucosinolates that kale contains.
Kale is also rich in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system while promoting growth and healing damage. It also fights the free radicals that can harm your body.
But wait, there’s more! In fact, we’re not even close to done. Kale is a great source of fiber, which makes you feel full and helps keep your digestive system on track. Fiber is one of the nutrients of concern pointed out by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which revealed that most people don’t get nearly enough fiber. Plus, the fiber components in kale bind to bile acids in the digestive tract, which in turn can help lower your cholesterol levels. How great is that?
Oh and before we move on from the “nutrients of concern” front, did you see that kale also contains calcium and potassium? Both of those are nutrients of concern too, with most Americans getting doses that are far too small. Load up on kale and you won’t be one of them!
All right, now let’s continue down the alphabet of benefits. In addition to fiber, kale has flavonoids that help fight inflammation. This prevents cell damage and lowers the risk of many diseases. Medline Plus even asserts “You can also count on kale and its nutrients to help support your eye health, immune system, and heart.”
What can I say? Kale is awesome for your health.”
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