In recent years, many foods have come in and out of fashion. But none have withstood the test of time better than kale. Considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet, kale has taken the world by storm. It’s green, and cabbage-like leaves are versatile enough to go with a medley of foods from smoothies to salads. However, not everyone has been quick to jump onto the kale bandwagon. As it is still a relatively new discovery, many people are unsure why they should be making an effort to eat it. So if you’ve never tried kale before, here are some interesting things you should know.
Kale is full of antioxidants
One of the main reasons why many people have started regularly eating kale is the high levels of antioxidants it possesses. This can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and could lessen the risk of cancer. Antioxidants have also been found to slow down the effects of aging by assisting your body in making collagen. It has also been attributed to having more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than oranges. While it’s good to eat plenty vegetables each day, eating too much kale could have adverse effects on your body too. Eating large amounts very quickly can cause digestive issues, bloating and thyroid problems. So start slow and only eat kale in moderation to avoid having more things to worry about.
Kale has numerous variations
While the most popular form of Kale is the green leafy kind, there are numerous variations available. Red Russian kale, for example, has purple or red stems and smaller feathery leaves. Whereas Black or Dinosaur kale has larger light blue leaves with a scale-like texture. Each variation may look and taste slightly different, but they are still all packed with the same goodness. As it’s popularity has risen, it’s now possible to plant and grow your favourite type of kale at home. It usually thrives during the spring and autumn months and actually tastes better if exposed to light frost. It’s best to try different variations of kale before you commit to planting and caring for their plants.
Kale is quite affordable
Usually, when a food becomes popular, it’s price rises significantly to keep up with the rise in demand. Eating organic and healthy foods are also known to be quite costly too. But many supermarkets have picked up on the kale trend and now stock it at affordable prices in their stores. Kale grows quickly compared to many other vegetables, which makes it easier to keep the supermarkets stocked. This has made kale more accessible to all and allows more people to experience tasting and cooking with it. If you have your own supply of kale in your garden to use, this too lowers the cost. So there really is no excuse not to give it a try.
So now you know why everyone has gone crazy for kale. So why not try it for yourself? From food blogs to specialist kale cookbooks, there is endless inspiration out there to help you get started.