Is Kale Good For You?
This cruciferous vegetable takes many nutrient-rich forms. The leaves can be green or purple and can either be smooth or curly. But is it healthy?
Is kale healthy?
It’s a resounding yes from us. Kale is one of the healthiest single-ingredients out there. It’s nutrient-dense and low in calories which lends itself to physical training and weight loss. Plus the vitamins and minerals it’s packing are destined to keep your insides thoroughly nourished.
Why is kale healthy?
Kale helps lower cholesterol levels in our bodies, leading to a lowered risk of heart disease and (hopefully) a longer life – something we all want, right?
Kale is packed full of potassium, magnesium and calcium, all key for our general health. Plus its antioxidant properties help boost exercise recovery times and reverse some of the oxidative damage workouts can cause.
It’s also rich in iron – this means kale gives our metabolism a little boost with every mouthful, which our bodies absorb better because of its vitamin C content.
That’s not all the vitamin C does either; it helps our bodies generate endorphins, which are the feel-good hormone.
Is frozen kale as healthy as fresh?
If frozen immediately, kale can hold on to more nutrients than when you buy it fresh.
We know this seems wild, but freezing is an ultra-effective method of hitting a vegetables nutritional pause button. If you think about how long it might take a bag of kale to go from farm to your fridge via the supermarket, some of its goodness is bound to slip away. Read more here.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.