Surely many of you have heard the word ‘kale’ and do not know exactly what it is. The kale is a type of cabbage that has become very famous during the last years since it has very good properties for our health and well-being. Even in the United States, it has its own day! The National Kale Day.
In addition, experts from around the world include the kale more and more in their recipes so it should become a must in our diet. From here we explain what is the kale and what are the benefits and properties of this superfood.
What is Kale?
The kale is a type of cabbage, with a rough and green structure. It belongs to the same family as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, among other cabbages. It is characterized by its texture, so it can also be called kale or cabbage. This type of cabbage has become very popular in Europe although it is known that its origin comes from the United States.
Although it was known about 1980, it has not been until the last years that it has become famous and has gained even more popularity thanks to the increase of vegan and vegetarian recipes, as well as the use of social networks, where celebrities and chefs from all over the world have promoted the col kale.
And why so much propaganda? Well, it has been known that the kale is a superfood that has great properties and provides us with many benefits.
Properties and benefits of kale
Below is a list of the properties and benefits of kale for your health and well-being, which have elevated it to the category of superfood.
1. Beneficial for bones
For starters, kale contains a lot of calcium: a cup of kale has more calcium than a cup of milk! So consuming kale benefits us if you suffer from bone density or osteoporosis.
2. Improves the immune system
The kale contains a lot of vitamin C, so it activates our immune system and will make us feel much better and stronger against possible health problems that may affect us.
3. Better vision and skin
The kale also contains vitamin A, which will help to have better vision and maintain perfect skin, so it is not only the perfect food for our interior but also for our exterior.
4. Detox and anticancer
In addition, among its benefits, we also find vitamin K, known to have detoxifying and anticancer properties.
5. Balances cholesterol
The kale also has a large amount of omega 3, so if you have high cholesterol, this is definitely your food to fight it.
6. The great contribution of iron
This type of cabbage is a great source of iron, so if you suffer from anemia, the kale is an ideal food to fight it.
7. Help to lose weight
For diets? Great! This superfood is not only healthy, but it is rich in fiber and low in calories. A cup of kale is equivalent to 39 calories, 5 grams of fiber and best of all: 0 fat!
That is why it is not only included in traditional recipes, but we will find it in all types of diets to lose weight or to keep our bodies healthy. Experts recommend consuming kale a minimum of twice a week to enjoy the benefits of this superfood.
8. Help prevent Alzheimer’s
Apart from these properties, the kale also contains magnesium, zinc, and potassium, and is said to have properties to prevent and reduce Alzheimer’s.
Who cannot consume kale
But although it is ideal to include this superfood in your diet, you must always consume it responsibly and always maintain a varied diet.
Although the kale has become the God of food for all the above, it also has its contraindications:
If large quantities of kale are consumed, it can cause discomfort.
If you have an irritated colon, it still aggravates your symptoms because of its large amounts of fiber.
If you have thyroid, you have to be very careful because, like the rest of the vegetables of your species, they interfere in the functioning of such a gland
If you have kidney or gallbladder problems, you will have to be careful since the kale contains oxalates.
Also be very careful if you take anticoagulant medications, as their high content of vitamin K along with the medications can result in a toxic mixture.
In these cases, it is best to always consult with the doctor and dietitian in case of having any special problem. But if this is not the case, the kale will always be more beneficial than counterproductive.
How the kale is eaten
As a vegetable, kale is a dense food, but it can be eaten both raw and cooked. And the best part is that this type of cabbage can be combined with any food.
The two most popular ways of consuming kale are as an addition to salads and as an ingredient in smoothies, but there are many recipes varied and for all tastes, so that each one chooses the one you like or more suited to each moment.
Impossible not to resist now to consume this delicious food!