7 Things you never knew About Kale!


Courtesy of Mindbodygreen, by Dr, Drew Ramsey

Kale doesn’t have the best reputation, this time of year, as the temperature cools, a molecular miracle is happening on farms everywhere: The kale is getting even better. Touched by the chill, kale gets sweeter as the sugars start to concentrate. And as the rest of the garden succumbs to the winter, kale stands strong.

Here are some interesting facts that might change your perception and intake of Kale!

1 – A serving of kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk

2 – Kale is medicine – Modern health depends on eating more whole foods and plants, like kale.

3 – Kale tops the nutrient density scale – It gives you more nutritional bang for your buck. Example? One cup of raw kale has just 33 calories yet contains 684 percent of our daily requirement of vitamin K, 134 percent of vitamin C, 206 percent of vitamin A, plus iron, folate, omega-3s, magnesium, calcium, iron, fiber, and 2 grams of protein. BAM! That’s nutrient density.

4 – But kale’s secret power is its phytonutrients, those miraculous molecules in plants that are often called “antioxidants – Kale possesses phytonutrients, which quell inflammation, improve the liver’s detox ability, and can even protect brain cells from stress. Kale talks to your DNA and tells it to sing the sweet, slow song of health and happiness.

5 – Go slow, kale newbie.Start with kale chips, not a giant kale salad – Be mindful as you introduce more roughage into your diet, a typical complaint is something like, “OMG, I tried kale once and then was sooooo bloated.” If kale isn’t a part of your diet, give your body time to adjust.

6 – The world of kale is vast and varied  keep exploring. I’ve been inspired by the many tastes and colors of the dozens of varieties of kale: lacinato, redbor, Gulag Stars, True Siberian, Red Russian, White Russian, Dwarf Blue Vates, Red Nagoya, Chinese Kale, Sea Kale and the 6-foot-tall Walking Stick Kale. I hope you’ll seek out a kale you have not yet tried.

7 – Kale offers unmatched culinary versatility – Name another green that you can whip into a smoothie, toss into a salad, use to amp up your juice, sauté as a side, bake as a chip, or mix in a cocktail.