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Posted by on Aug. 18, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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I know this is dumb but I figured I would ask anyways. What on earth is kale?
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michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 7:54 AM

It's a green.  Over 25 years ago we used it to decorate a salad bar, but now I know it's good for eating, too.  My favorite way is to make kale chips.

9 Health Benefits of Kale


Published on February 28, 2011



health benefits of kaleKale is not only one of the more beautiful cruciferous vegetables, but it also one of the most nutritious. Here are nine reasons to eat kale, and eat it often.

Diet and Digestion
One cup of kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating. Finally, kale contains the glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC) that fights the formation of H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori), a bacterial growth in the stomach lining that can lead to gastric cancer.

Antioxidants
Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. The key flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin (not to dismiss the 45 other distinctive flavonoids in kale) have also been shown to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous cells. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, kale is certainly a smart choice in the battle against cellular oxidation.

Anti-Inflammatory
One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

Cancer
Not only do kale's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast, bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer.

Cardiovascular Support
The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to so, ultimately lowering the amount of cholesterol within our bodies.

Detox
The isothiocyanates (ITC) from glucosinolates found in kale aid in both phases I and II of the body’s detoxification process. The high sulfur content of kale has further been shown essential for phase II of detoxification.

Vitamin K
Kale provides a whopping dose of vitamin K (providing 1327% of the RDA in one cup), which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Finally, vitamin K is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as a whole.

Vitamin A
With over 192% of the RDA of vitamin A, one cup of kale is an effective antioxidant, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth, prevents urinary stones, and is essential to our reproductive organs.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C, which one cup of kale heartily provides (over 88% of our RDA), is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also lowers blood pressure, ensures a healthy immune system, and fights against age-related ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

sanj1213
by Juanita on Aug. 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM
I like kale chips too
Kelly913
by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

There are a number of varieties too.  In our CSA we got winterbor and tuscan. 

tnvplus2
by on Aug. 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM
Thank you for posting this for me. It has some good benifits.

Quoting michiganmom116:

It's a green.  Over 25 years ago we used it to decorate a salad bar, but now I know it's good for eating, too.  My favorite way is to make kale chips.


9 Health Benefits of Kale





Published on February 28, 2011







health benefits of kaleKale
is not only one of the more beautiful cruciferous vegetables, but it
also one of the most nutritious. Here are nine reasons to eat kale, and
eat it often.


Diet and Digestion

One cup of kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes
it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the
RDA of dietary fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents
constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating. Finally, kale
contains the glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC) that fights the
formation of H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori), a bacterial growth in the stomach lining that can lead to gastric cancer.



Antioxidants

Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two
powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that
cause oxidative stress. The key flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin
(not to dismiss the 45 other distinctive flavonoids in kale) have also
been shown to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous
cells. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like
vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, kale is certainly a smart choice in
the battle against cellular oxidation.



Anti-Inflammatory

One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids
that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.



Cancer

Not only do kale's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work
together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also
provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast,
bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer.



Cardiovascular Support

The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with
bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.
Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is
charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore
requires more cholesterol to so, ultimately lowering the amount of
cholesterol within our bodies.



Detox

The isothiocyanates (ITC) from glucosinolates found in kale aid in both
phases I and II of the body’s detoxification process. The high sulfur
content of kale has further been shown essential for phase II of
detoxification.



Vitamin K

Kale provides a whopping dose of vitamin K (providing 1327% of the RDA
in one cup), which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a
protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also
prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to
atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Finally, vitamin K
is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain
the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as
a whole.



Vitamin A

With over 192% of the RDA of vitamin A, one cup of kale is an effective
antioxidant, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth,
prevents urinary stones, and is essential to our reproductive organs.



Vitamin C

Vitamin C, which one cup of kale heartily provides (over 88% of our
RDA), is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also lowers blood
pressure, ensures a healthy immune system, and fights against
age-related ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.


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celestegood
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM
Thanks for sharing and the chuckle your post gave me(decorating the salad bar lol)

Quoting michiganmom116:

It's a green.  Over 25 years ago we used it to decorate a salad bar, but now I know it's good for eating, too.  My favorite way is to make kale chips.


9 Health Benefits of Kale





Published on February 28, 2011







health benefits of kaleKale
is not only one of the more beautiful cruciferous vegetables, but it
also one of the most nutritious. Here are nine reasons to eat kale, and
eat it often.


Diet and Digestion

One cup of kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes
it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the
RDA of dietary fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents
constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating. Finally, kale
contains the glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC) that fights the
formation of H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori), a bacterial growth in the stomach lining that can lead to gastric cancer.



Antioxidants

Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two
powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that
cause oxidative stress. The key flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin
(not to dismiss the 45 other distinctive flavonoids in kale) have also
been shown to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous
cells. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like
vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, kale is certainly a smart choice in
the battle against cellular oxidation.



Anti-Inflammatory

One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids
that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.



Cancer

Not only do kale's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work
together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also
provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast,
bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer.



Cardiovascular Support

The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with
bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.
Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is
charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore
requires more cholesterol to so, ultimately lowering the amount of
cholesterol within our bodies.



Detox

The isothiocyanates (ITC) from glucosinolates found in kale aid in both
phases I and II of the body’s detoxification process. The high sulfur
content of kale has further been shown essential for phase II of
detoxification.



Vitamin K

Kale provides a whopping dose of vitamin K (providing 1327% of the RDA
in one cup), which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a
protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also
prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to
atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Finally, vitamin K
is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain
the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as
a whole.



Vitamin A

With over 192% of the RDA of vitamin A, one cup of kale is an effective
antioxidant, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth,
prevents urinary stones, and is essential to our reproductive organs.



Vitamin C

Vitamin C, which one cup of kale heartily provides (over 88% of our
RDA), is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also lowers blood
pressure, ensures a healthy immune system, and fights against
age-related ocular diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.


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celestegood
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM


Quoting Kelly913:

There are a number of varieties too.  In our CSA we got winterbor and tuscan. 

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celestegood
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM
I do too.

Quoting sanj1213:

I like kale chips too
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celestegood
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM
I love kale!
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sassymomntx1961
by Yvonne on Aug. 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I want to make some and try them and see if dd will eat them

GOD first ppl next things last you cant go wrong and w/ GOD and JESUS around you,you will be a a triple strand rope

alyciajoseph
by Alycia on Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM
Good question, I also didn't know!
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