Kale,Kale, Kale….Why Kale?

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This is from the Diabetic Diet Secrets website.

Nutritionaly, kale is near the top amongst vegetables. It’s a real nutrition booster, with its high level of beta carotene and plentiful amounts of vitamins C and E. These antioxidants make it a good food to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and cataracts. Kale is also loaded with such minerals as calcium, potassium, manganese and iron.

Additionally, kale is high in sulforaphane, which stimulates the body to produce cancer-fighting enzymes. Sulfur compounds called glucosinolates, which are found in generous amounts in cruciferous vegetables like kale, are broken down into compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles when the vegetable is chewed or cut. The presence of vitamin C makes this process even more effective, as the compounds are more readily available for the body’s use.

Researchers believe kale’s cancer-lessening ability stems from these and many population compounds found in kale. Some surveys, experimental testing, and several animal trials studies have found that eating kale on a regular basis lowers the risk of different cancers.

Kale is also among the highest vegetable sources of chlorophyll, an immune system stimulant.

 

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Crispy Kale Chips

1 head of kale

3 tablespoons olive oil

Your favorite salt

 

  1.   Wash kale.

  2.  Dry each leaf with a paper towel.

  3.  Cut rib out of each leaf.

  4.  Spread the leaves out on a cookie sheet and let stand about an hour.

  5.  Tear each leaf into size pieces you want.

  6.  Sprinkle each leaf with a few drops of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

  7.   Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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