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7 good reasons for eating kale, a slimming super-food

Let’s start by stating that kale is part of foods called “super-foods”. It has “detox” virtues as well. It may be consumed either cooked and crispy or raw.

An excellent anti-cancer:
Kale has a strong antioxidant power. Several international studies have shown its effectiveness in the prevention of certain cancers, mainly breast cancer and colon cancer.

A favorite for strong bones:
This is due to its great richness in calcium and vitamin K which helps in fixing calcium on bones.

A slimming ally:
It is low in calories – around 30 kcal / 100g – and high in proteins.

A mine of vitamins and minerals:
It offers a very high intake of vitamins (A and C essentially, in addition to the vitamins of group B). It is a good source of iron, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

An anti-cholesterol and a glucose regulator:
Rich in soluble and insoluble fibers, kale helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol as well as in the regulation of glucose levels by slowing glucose transit in blood.

A protector of the immune system:
This is thanks to one of the most powerful flavonoids it contains, the “quercetin”.

Recommended for good vision:
Thanks to its high content of zeaxanthin and lutein which give this type of cabbage its dark green color and protect from age-related macular degeneration.

However, let’s be careful! High regular quantities or an excessive consumption of kale can sometimes lead to some intestinal disorders, gases and bloating. Being a food that’s rich in oxalates, kale can also promote the development of kidney stones in predisposed people. Also, it is recommended that people with thyroid problems seek advice from their doctor about its consumption.

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