This is a leafy green that is probably no stranger to you now. Kale has had its many moments in the health spotlight. You may think you know all there is to know about this leaf cabbage, but we are willing to bet that we might be able to astonish you with a few more facts about the health benefits of kale! There’s so much nutrition in plant-based foods and discoveries of the health benefits of foods like kale are still ongoing!
What is Kale?Kale or leaf cabbage belongs to a group of cabbage (Brassica Oleracea) cultivars grown for their edible leaves. Kale can have bright or dark green or even purple leaves and the central leaves do not form a head like the traditional cabbages you may be familiar with. Kale’s considered to be closest to wild cabbage than most of its more familiar, domesticated forms.
Nutrients Found in KaleThis cruciferous vegetable is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the entire planet, so now you know the reason why so many people are still going crazy for kale. The most common kinds of kale you will see is called curly kale or Scots kale. 1 cup of raw kale (about 67 grams, or 2.4 ounces) contains:
- 206% of the daily value of vitamin A
- 684% of the DV of vitamin K
- 134% of the DV of vitamin C
- 9% of the DV of Vitamin B6
- 26% of the DV of Manganese
- 9% of the DV of Calcium
- 10% of the DV of Copper
- 9% of the DV of Potassium
- 6% of the DV of Magnesium
- High in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant your body can turn into vitamin A.
- A fantastic source of minerals that most of us do not get enough of.
- Kale is high in lutein and Zeaxanthin, nutrients that protect the eyes.
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