What they don't tell you about Kale: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
KALE KALE KALE, it's just flippin' everywhere isn't it?!
From featuring on Khloe Kardashian's instagram to Beyonce's jumpers, the magical food is proving to be amazing - but is it just ALL that?
Now we knew that Kale is a vegetable, it's low in calories, it's absolutely packed full of brilliant nutrients we need. It fills us up, it helps us lose weight and it's definitely much better than eating chips every day. We see Kale in smoothies around the office, in warm salads and even as raw snacks - so surely there's a downside to everything fabulous?
We investigated to see just how super this superfood is...
- Kale is extremely high in iron
- It's high in Vitamin K which can help protect around various cancers
- It's a great anti-inflammatory food
- Kale is amazing for cardiovascular support
- It's full of powerful antioxidants
- Excellent source of Vitamin C
- Helps lower cholesterol, which can help reduce heart disease
A single cup of raw kale is about 67 grams and has a total of 33 calories, 6 grams of carbs (2 of which are fibre) and 3 grams of protein.
Kale contains very little fat, but a large portion of the fat actually in it is primarily the omega-3 fatty acid called alpha linolenic acid.
Aswell as being incredibly low in calorie content, kale is definitely among the most nutrient dense foods in existence. Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your diet.
Because Kale is extremely high in Vitamin K it can't always be brilliant for some people. Vitamin K, known as the clotting vitamin - because without it, your blood won't clot properly the way it should. Meaning that people being treated for thinning blood and taking drugs should probably steer clear of Kale as one cup contains more than 1000% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K.
If you're a newby to nutritious foods and Kale in particularly, don't go overboard on it because too much can take its toll on the digestive system. Don't believe us? Just ask the catwalk models at New York Fashion week who binged on Kale over winter to keep trim and fight away the flu, who soon after got treated for diarrhoea...
So in our conclusion, Kale can have some downsides, as can anything - but overall, Kale is absolutely brilliant. A true superfood! Remember beauty isn't just what you put ON your face but also what you put IN it. Scoffing Kale will beat sugary, processed foods anyday and keep the spots at bay.
We love you Kale!
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