People who are looking to get healthier through their diets are all going crazy over kale, so what is it?
Kale is a brassica, which means that it belongs to the same family as cabbage – although, because it doesn’t have a central head like the more traditional cabbage, it bears more of a resemblance to wild cabbage. The leaves can be green or purple, and it is one of the easiest vegetables to grow because of its laid back temperament that will tolerate many growing conditions. It’s also very easy to cook and can be added to many recipes or used as a delicious side dish to round off a meal.
This nutritional powerhouse of a veg has been around since at least 4BC and has long been known to have special properties. So what are the benefits of this ‘queen of greens’? Here are nine for you to think about:
Calories, fibre and fat
This is the first reason why so many people are turning to kale. One cup of kale has only 36 calories; five grams of fibre and absolutely no fat whatsoever. This makes it a great choice if you are looking for a tasty ingredient that will help you lose weight, but there are other health benefits to including kale in your diet.