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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hail,hail Kale. A fad or wonder food perhaps?


Kale salad
Kale salad (Photo credit: Salim Virji)

Hail to Kale!


Kale Nutrition Facts

Thriving even in frost, kale is an easy-to-grow green that keeps on giving: cut the smaller, paler green leaves to anchor or mix into fresh garden salad; use the larger, dark greens for stir-fries, pizza topping, or soup, while the plant keeps right on growing.
One variety is known as dinosaur kale in Tuscan regions for its glossy, crinkly, green-to-violet-colored leaves. Kale has a relatively short life in terms of crispness, so it’s best to use within a few days of harvesting.

Health Benefits of Kale

If vitamins could be packaged and labeled as such, they would look very much like kale. That’s because the vitamins offered by just one cup of this relatively little-known veggie can trump a whole week’s worth of other foods: 684% of the daily value of vitamin K, 206% of the suggested daily amount of vitamin A, and 134% of vitamin C (and even more vitamin C in the Scottish curly-leaf variety).
Kale can legitimately be called a superfood, if only after one particular study, which reported the high antioxidant activity in this vegetable. The phytonutrient indole-3-carbinol aids in DNA cell repair, while at the same time slowing the growth of cancer cells. With its sulforaphane content, kale protects against prostate and colon cancers. It also has properties that studies show ca ease lung congestion, and is beneficial to your stomach, liver, and immune system. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes from macular degeneration:
Read more here: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/kale.html

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2 Comments:

At February 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Snowbird said...

It's funny that you posted on Kale Peter, I only tasted it recently and really enjoyed it. It's rather like spinach, especially in soups. I am now planning on growing it.xxx

 
At February 16, 2014 at 12:55 AM , Blogger peter petterson said...

Pleased I'm up to date with things. Let me know later how it's growing? Cheers.

 

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