Renowned for being low in calories, kale is also packed full of quality nutrition; plenty of vitamins and minerals that are supportive of our immune system and our overall health.
Nutritionist Lorna Driver-Davies from NutriCentre agrees, adding that eating plenty of greens will help by keeping your bowels moving. Her favourites are broccoli, green beans, and spinach.
Kale has several properties that make it a weight loss friendly food.
It is very low in calories but still provides significant bulk that should help you feel full.
Due to the low calorie and high-water/nutrient content, kale has a low energy density. Eating plenty of foods with a low energy density has been shown to aid weight loss in numerous studies.
Kale also contains small amounts of protein and fiber. These are two of the most important nutrients when it comes to losing weight.
Kale contains four times the vitamin C content and twice the selenium content of spinach, as well as nutrients like vitamin E and beta-carotene. These are all important for supporting a healthy immune system.
Kale can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease
Kale contains a number of nutrients that supports heart health, including potassium, which maintains healthy blood pressure. Another benefit of kale is that it contains substances that bind to cholesterol to help manage healthy cholesterol levels.
Aids bone health
Vitamin K is critical for blood clotting and does this by “activating” certain proteins and giving them the ability to bind calcium. Vitamin K is also essential for regulating bone formation and reabsorption.
Supports eye health
Kale is rich in two phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, that support the health of our eyes and vision. Consuming sufficient quantities of these nutrients lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
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