Interesting facts about kale

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Kale has been a popular leafy green over the past few years.  With people listing it as a superfood, some even claiming it is the number 1 superfood.  But it has had popularity before.  For instance did you know that up until the middle ages it was the most widely eaten green vegetable in Europe?  Eventually the cabbage took that throne from it, but we have been growing and eating kale for over 2000 years.  In all that time we’ve managed to come up with some interesting facts about kale.

  • Kale has more vitamin C than an orange! If you took a serving of kale, one cup chopped, it would have 134% of the vitamin C you need each day. A medium sized orange on the other hand has only 113%.  To make it even more impressive that cup of kale only weighs in at 67 grams while the orange tips the scales at 131.
  • Kale is likely dirty! And more than just dirt, it is grown on the ground after all.  But kale is on the list of crops that is most likely to have pesticide residue left on it.  So remember to wash yours off before eating it, or you might want to stick to buying the organic variety.  Then again you could always just grow your own and know exactly how dirty or clean it is.
  • Kale can cause problems! There have been reports that over consumption of kale can lead to problems such as hypothyroidism and kidney stones.  If you are eating too much of it you can get more vitamins than your body needs.  The good news is that you’d have to be eating quite a bit of kale every day to hit those levels.
  • Kale is pretty much broccoli! According to the botanists of the world kale is a variety of a species known as brassica oleraecea.  Other varieties of that same species are Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kohlrabi.
  • Kale comes in numerous types. There are a wide variety of kales out there.  More than just curly leaf or not, it can be found in various colors or even a variety that grows to be six foot tall!
  • Kale is has a wide culinary range! Sure, you can toss it in your salad, but you can also throw it into your smoothie or add some to your juices.  You can cook it in the oven as a chip or sauté some as a side dish.  There are even some people that add some kale to their cocktails.  Check here for some cocktail ideas.
  • Kale is fatty! Not one that anyone would think of, a vegetable as a source of fat.  And what’s more it is the good fat.  Kale is a good source of alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for brain health.
  • Kale plays well with others! I’ve mentioned that kale has all sorts of goodness for you, but some of the compounds in kale are even more effective when you pair them up with another food.  Kale has some fat-soluble  Also a bit of lemon juice can make its iron more easily available to your body.