Kale - Healthy Kale
When you mention kale, the majority responds
with raised eyebrows and mumble "Huh"? "What's that"? Kale is an old, hardly
noticed and powerful green food. Kale is a leafy green vegetable with a mild
earthy flavor. The ideal season for kale is between mid winter and early spring
where it can be found in abundance in most produce sections of local grocery
stores. However, kale usually is available year round. Righteously so, kale is
starting to garner well deserved attention amongst dieticians and other health
care professionals. This is due to its natural and nutrient rich phytochemical
content which brandish unparalleled health promoting benefits. Kale is a
Kale is overflowing with essential nutrients
such as calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times
the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Kale is rich in
chlorophyll and provides much needed fiber so lacking in the daily diet of
processed food eating Americans.
The "Icing on the Kale" are the naturally
occurring photochemicals sulforaphanes and indoles which research suggests may
protect against cancer. Let's not forget the essential antioxidant Vitamin E.
Rest assured kale spares nothing in providing one with the required nutrients
coupled with associated health benefits. This is not a shy leafy green by any
means and certainly will assist one in achieving an alkaline body balance.
naturally rich sulfur content of kale deserves a bit more discussion.
Researchers have discovered that sulforaphane; helps boost the body's
detoxification enzymes, potentially by altering gene expression. This is turn is
purported to help clear carcinogenic substances in a relatively timely manner.
Sulforaphane is formed when cruciferous vegetables such as kale are chopped or
chewed. This triggers the liver to produce natural enzymes which function to
detoxify cancer causing chemicals, to which we all are exposed on a daily basis.
A relatively new study published in the Journal of Nutrition (2004) demonstrates
that sulforaphane helps stop breast cancer cell proliferation. Kale should be
considered a regular part of the diet, especially for the ladies.
Kale descends from the wild cabbage which
originated in Asia. Kale is thought to have been introduced to Europe by the
Celtics where it remained a staple. Kale was an important food item early in
European history and a crop staple in ancient Rome. Kale was eventually
introduced to the USA during the 17th century by early English settlers.
Unfortunately, we typically see kale used as decoration or garnishes for side
dishes and salad bars. Once here twice forgotten, give kale the special
attention it deserves. Your body is guaranteed to thank-you.
A leafy green vegetable
starting to gain widespread attention, kale belongs to the Brassica family, a
group that also includes cabbage, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. Choose
kale with small leaves as they will be tender and offer a slightly sweeter
taste. Make kale leaves a regular addition to your salads. A sautéed side dish
of kale, onions, and garlic drizzled in olive oil is second to none. If you are
an avid juicer, you already appreciate the natural liquid vitamin
content in plenty of green foods. By all means juice up the kale. One of
nature’s best liquid vitamin drinks has never tasted so
Dr. Linda Posch MS SLP ND:
Treats her patients with an eclectic approach and is a firm believer in the
practice of yoga in order to help her patients achieve a
balance. She owns a laboratory where she customizes whole food
liquid vitamins and
other custom supplementation for her patients.