I have to admit, like a typical health food blogger, I do love kale but mostly for the taste and fibrousness of this dark green leafy.
A little research left me pleasantly surprised with the evidence behind the health claims.
Kale is a cruciferous veg (along with broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage).
There have been numerous studies revealing the health benefits of including cruciferous veggies in our diet to boost mood and help prevent cancer.
Kale is also a potent source of vitamin A (important for eye and skin health) as well as calcium, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
It has been shown to lower cholesterol and it’s high fibre content make kale one of the best bile-binding veggies (meaning that it combines with carcinogenic bile acids and helps remove them from the body).
Okay, so that is quite a list and certainly enough for me to jump on the kale bandwagon.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the term ‘superfood’ as I think it gives the illusion that these foods somehow possess super powers to dramatically improve one’s health when consuming them.
In reality, they are just slightly more nutrient dense foods that should be included in a balanced diet for optimal health, rather than relying on them to cure all ailments or to ‘balance out’ less healthy food choices.