When someone goes vegan, one of the first things they learn is that kale is a popular “vegan” food. Many people don’t even react to that fact; they try the leafy green and they either like it or they don’t.
The truth is, kale has many nutritional benefits. Considered a “superfood,” this leafy green contains a lot more goodness than you think.
Here are the benefits of kale:
High in iron
When going vegan, many people stress over whether or not they will get enough nutrients; more specifically: iron.
100 grams of kale contains 1.5 grams of iron, which is 8% of your dairy intake (based on a 2000 calorie diet). After all, leafy greens are known for being rich in iron. In fact, per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef!
High in vitamins A and C
Turns out, kale is packed with many essential vitamins, including vitamins A and C.
If you are in desperate need of vitamin C, go straight for a nice leafy bunch of kale. 100 grams contains 200% of your daily value, ensuring you won’t have to take your vitamin C supplement that day.
You can blend it in your smoothie or munch on kale at home. Just make sure you buy it fresh from the produce aisle. Kale also provides more than enough vitamin A, which helps prevent certain cancers and improves eyesight.
Boosts immunity and prevents certain diseases
Kale has certain properties that prevent against certain cancers, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders. It is also packed with antioxidants, including quercetin and kaempferol, which help give the immune system a big boost.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation is one of the main causes of arthritis and many autoimmune disorders. Since kale is full of omega-3 fatty acids, it helps prevent against these diseases. These omega-3s are much healthier than the saturated fats found in meat.
Lowers cholesterol levels
Lowering cholesterol helps support cardiovascular health. Therefore, by consuming kale on a daily basis, you can prevent heart disease, as well as heart attacks.
These benefits that come with kale aren’t unique to the leafy green itself; following the plant-based lifestyle helps prevent and reverse many diseases, and boosts immunity levels. Kale is no doubt a superfood, but you can achieve much more on a plant-based diet.