There has been a lot said about the weight loss benefits of Kale, but is it really that effective for weight loss?
Lets look at Kale in more detail to see why you should think about adding it to your diet.
What is Kale?
Kale is a vegetable similar to wild cabbage with green or purple leaves, it is full of nutrients that will help with your weight loss efforts and will help promote good health.
Originally found in most parts of Europe it has been introduced into Russia, Canada and the US as it is easy to grow and cultivate.
How will Kale help you to lose weight?
There are many ways that Kale can aid your weight loss efforts, lets look at them:
#1 – Makes you feel fuller for longer
Kale contains a form of fibre that slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream, hence creating a feeling of satiety.
When you feel full you are less likely to reach for those snacks between meals and are not going to want to eat as much during mealtimes either. This will result in fewer overall calories being consumed.
#2 – Body detox
Kale contains high amounts of sulphur and isothiocyanates, which are both compounds that can help detox your body.
The food we eat and the environment we live in can lead to a build up of toxins and stored waste in our colons.
A detox can help to remove these toxins and stored waste, which will help get your weight moving in the right direction.
#3 – Fat burning
Kale contains high levels of calcium, which has been shown to help break down and burn stored body fat.
Nutritional value of Kale
Kale contains high levels of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and calcium. It is also a good source of 2 carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which will help to improve your overall health.
Kale also contains sulforaphane, which is a chemical with anti-cancer properties.
To ensure this sulforaphane is not lost during preparation it is best not to boil the Kale.
How to prepare Kale?
Kale has many uses across the globe in traditional dishes, it can be frozen, used in salads, steamed and even baked where it will take on a similar consistency to a crisp (UK) or potato chip (US).
When preparing Kale to eat it is best to remove the main stalk.
Where to buy Kale?
You should be able to buy Kale from your local supermarket, or if you are feeling adventurous and have a little room in your garden you may want to grow your own.
You can buy Kale seeds online from the Amazon.co.uk website.