Facts about kale

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An excellent ingredient for smoothies

Kale was known in ancient times, however, it was also consumed in the Middle Ages. Today we are rediscovering it thanks to its wealth of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and carotenoids. It is perfect for salads, smoothies, and cocktails. It is an ingredient in traditional dishes in Dutch, North German, and Portuguese cuisine, but also in Brazilian and Southeast African countries.

Kale is a variety of vegetable cabbage and belongs to the cabbage family.
Kale is grown in central and northern Europe, North America, and Asia.

Due to its temperature preferences, it is rarely found in tropical areas.

It is a resistant plant to diseases and pests that attack other plants in the cabbage family.
The first varieties of kale existed as early as ancient Greece in the 4th century BC.
In the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most popular green vegetables throughout Europe.
There are many varieties of kale, which vary in leaf color and stem length.
Kale juice is known in Japan as aojiru and is a very popular dietary supplement there.
In the first year of the plant's growth, its stem is produced. It is thick and leafy and its height can vary from 10 to 110 cm.
Kale is also grown as an ornamental plant.
Kale contains large amounts of dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins, most of which are vitamins C and K.

In addition, kale also contains folic acid, B vitamins, and vitamin A.

It is a good source of calcium and potassium.
Thanks to its sulforaphane content, it has a strong antioxidant effect.

As a result, it reduces the chances of cancer. It can protect against prostate, lung, and colon cancer.

It contains a high amount of carotenoids - beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are responsible for the reduced risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, and bladder.
Thanks to its chlorophyll content, it has a cleansing effect, so you can use any kind of smoothie with kale during a detoxification diet.
To preserve all the valuable properties of the plant, do not cook it for more than 4 minutes.
There are only 28 kcal in 100 grams of kale.
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