I read recently that kale may not be so much in the spotlight in 2018. I wonder if that is really true. I have fallen in love with kale and eat it several nights a week. I like the crunchiness of it and the texture. I first tried baby kale. Then I accidentally bought chopped kale and realized you can eat all of it. The center stalk is similar to celery.
Kale is full of nutrition, low in calories, and makes you feel as though you are eating more than you are.
While searching for details regarding kale nutrition, I discovered at http://www.wholefoods.org that kale has a high lutein content. What is lutein you might ask? Here are the details from the Whole Food page:
Among all 100 of our WHFoods, kale tops the list in terms of lutein content. Kale is not only our most lutein-rich food at WHFoods, it is also the top lutein-containing food in the USDA’s National Nutrient Database that analyzes 5,350 foods that contain this carotenoid nutrient. Among the carotenoids, lutein is perhaps best known for its supportive role in eye health, and in particular, for its ability to protect different parts of the eye from potential damage by light or oxygen. A recent study on African-American women has shown decreased likelihood of glaucoma (an eye problem usually caused by increased pressure within the eye) when dietary intake of kale reaches higher intake levels. In this case, “higher intake levels” were defined as any levels exceeding at least one half-cup serving per week. Since our WHFoods serving size for kale is one cup, you will be getting more than this amount from one serving based on our standard. Among all of the vegetables examined in this particular study, kale and collards came out at the top of the vegetable list in this study for decreasing the likelihood of glaucoma!
This fact fascinates me, as I have some eye problems (primarily from aging, but hey, I’ll take all the help I can get).
This article also states that kale can be beneficial to cholesterol, even more so when steamed. I have excellent cholesterol so this is not an area of concern for me.
Whole Foods recommends steaming, and below I’ve included the nutritional content:
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around and one way to be sure to enjoy outstanding nutrition and flavor from kale is to cook it properly. We recommend Healthy Steaming kale for 5 minutes. To ensure quick and even cooking cut the leaves into 1/2″ slices and the stems into 1/4″ lengths.
I find that kale provides great aid in digestion, being high in fiber and low in calories. I generally chop it up on the weekend, store in a bowl with paper towels, and it stays fresh and crispy for over a week!
In addition, kale may provide anti-inflammatory benefits, cancer preventative benefits, and cardiovascular support!
If you love salads and greens, give it a try. Be creative. I will put almost any veggie, protein and fruit in my salad and it always comes out tasting great!