All About Kale
It’s no secret that kale is full of nutrition that makes it very good for you. According to Medical News Today, kale has been found to be one of the healthiest foods in the entire world. Kale provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals to the body. Kale is packed with fiber. It also provides many vitamins, including Vitamins C, B6, and K. Other nutrients that kale provides to the body include potassium, calcium, iron and beta-carotene.
All of these vitamins and minerals allow kale to provide the body with numerous health benefits. Kale helps to promote healthy skin, hair, and healthy digestion. It can also lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and asthma, along with lowering blood pressure. Mark Houston from Vanderbilt University claims that an increased intake of potassium and a decreased intake of sodium are the best ways to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The high potassium in kale also reduces the risk of stroke and the formation of kidney stones. According to Medical News Today, the high-fiber content of kale can help to improve blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels of people with Type 2 Diabetes. The iron in kale also helps the liver to function correctly. Lastly, kale lowers inflammation, reduces cholesterol, and improves eye health (Michigan State University).
How to Incorporate Kale Into Your Diet
Kale is great in many different forms. It can be used in sandwiches, or cooked in a variety of different ways and then added to meals. To cook kale, it is recommended by Michigan State University to cut the kale into half-inch pieces and then steam it. Kale chips have also become increasingly popular in the last few years. Here at STONEFIRE, we like to use kale in our salads, like our Golden State Kale or Jeanette’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad! YOU can even substitute kale in any of our salads! Find your local STONEFIRE Grill to give them a try!