Quantcast

Kale is King: 5 Reasons You Should Eat It

Food

We've heard over and over that kale is the most nutrient-dense food you can get your hands on. It's been called the world's healthiest food. And it's become one of the trendiest ingredients in quality restaurants, so we've had the chance to taste it prepared in more different ways, including in smoothies, desserts and cocktails.

In honor of National Kale Day, try a new variety.
Photo credit: Shutterstock

Here are five reasons you should eat it.

1. Kale has more cancer-preventing compounds than almost anything else you can eat. It's packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that build up the immune system and lower cancer risk.

2. Kale isn't just a source of calcium. It's also lower in oxalates, which can prevent the absorbing of calcium in the intestine, than its nutritious cousin spinach. It's a better source of calcium than milk, not just because it contains more but because it's more easily absorbed.

3. It offers a pharmacy's worth of valuable vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and folate, balanced in that perfect way that nature does better than chemists.

4. If you're a vegetarian you've probably had people warn you about how you're not getting enough protein and iron. Kale contains plenty of iron and protein as well, more per calorie than you'll find in some cuts of meat. And a meat-heavy diet generally surpasses the body's need for protein.

5. Speaking of calories, you get more bang for your calorie buck overall from kale. A cup contains just 35 calories, while providing all those health benefits.

National Kale Day is coming up on Oct. 1. It's the second year for the effort which kicked off when psychiatrist/farmer Dr. Drew Ramsey and chef Jennifer Iserloh, who co-authored 50 Shades of Kale, brought together farmers, nutritionists, doctors, farmers, chefs and consumers concerned with healthy eating to promote the vegetable in the media, at events and in schools.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Is Seaweed the New Kale?

10 Best Ingredients to Include in Your Superfood Smoothies

25 Vegan Sources of Calcium

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Plastic waste that started as packaging clogs tropical landfills. apomares / iStock / Getty Images

By Clyde Eiríkur Hull and Eric Williams

Countries around the world throw away millions of tons of plastic trash every year. Finding ways to manage plastic waste is daunting even for wealthy nations, but for smaller and less-developed countries it can be overwhelming.

Read More
Pexels

By Katherine Marengo, LDN, RD

In recent years, functional foods have gained popularity within health and wellness circles.

Read More
Sponsored
Despite fierce opposition from local homeowners, a section of the SUNOCO Mariner II East Pipeline cuts through a residential neighborhood of Exton, PA. Erik McGregor / LightRocket / Getty Images

By Jeff Turrentine

To celebrate the 50th birthday of one of America's most important environmental laws, President Trump has decided to make a mockery out of it.

Read More
With well over a billion cars worldwide, electric vehicles are still only a small percentage. An economist from the University of Michigan Energy Institute says that is likely to change. Maskot / Getty Images

In 2018, there were about 5 million electric cars on the road globally. It sounds like a large number, but with well over a billion cars worldwide, electric vehicles are still only a small percentage.

Read More
Nestlé is accelerating its efforts to bring functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions to the market and to address the global challenge of plastic packaging waste. Nestlé / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Nestlé, the world's largest food company, said it will invest up to $2 billion to address the plastic waste crisis that it is largely responsible for.

Read More