Kale has been proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial to those who suffer auto-immune diseases and certain cancers. It can be beneficial for those suffering from things like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, anemia and more. Kale also provides benefits that help fight certain cancers including bladder, ovarian, breast, and prostate. Kale can also help lower cholesterol.
There are several varieties that can be found. The two most common found here in Florida are curly kale and lacinato. The different varieties have a little bit different taste and texture. Some are a little smoother tasting than others. It is best to experiment with different varieties and see what you prefer.
There are so many different recipes that you can use your kale in. The best way to eat kale is steamed. This generally takes about 5 minutes, then let sit for another 5 minutes to let the flavors come together. By allowing the flavors to come together the body can process the nutrients better.
Researchers have identified over 45 different flavonoids in kale. Both kaempferol and quercetin are at the top of the list. The flavonoids in kale combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a key role in the diet in respect to the avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
Nutrients in Kale
1.00 cup cooked (130.00 grams)
You can incorporate kale into your diet in several ways. You should try and include 1 1/2 cups of kale per serving. Some ideas include putting it into a juice, make a smoothie, kale chips, or include in soups and salads. I have seen this added to eggs for omelets and blended with other vegetables for a side dish. You can use kale like you would any other green vegetable. Give it a try, see what you think and see if you could gain any health benefits from this great food.