A member of the Brassica or cabbage family, Kale is a popular vegetable that is nutrient dense. Five reasons to add Kale to your diet include:
- Kale contains powerful antioxidants including flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, and polyphenols. These help to counteract oxidative damage created by free radicals in the body.
- It’s a great source of vitamins C. Kale contains more vitamin C than most other vegetables and a single cup of raw kale has more vitamin C than a whole orange.
- It can help lower cholesterol because kale contains what are called bile acid sequestrants which bind to bile acids in the digestive system preventing them from being reabsorbed, reducing cholesterol levels.
- Kale is a great source of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for blood clotting and a single cup of raw kale contains almost 7 times the daily recommended amount.
- Kale is high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body can use to create vitamin A.