As many of you will note, I have blogged quite a few times about the health virtues of kale. This is truly one on the healthiest food choices you can bring to your table.
Kale, a member of the cabbage family, is power packed with vitamins A, K, C, with meaningful amounts of B vitamins as well as trace minerals. It’s low in carbs and calories.
But there another attribute that I think is important to share in our discussion of kale. Like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and cauliflower, kale is a cruciferous vegetable. That means that the flowers of these vegetables take the form of a cross. More importantly, it means that like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is rich in a chemical called sulforaphane, and this may be one of kale’s most important health attributes.
A Grain Brain program, or any nutritional program built for brain health, is focused on low-glycemic vegetables, and relegates meat to the role of side dish on your plate. Look to fill your plate with these above-ground, colorful vegetables like spinach, kale, and cauliflower. Learn more in my latest video.
By: Austin Perlmutter, MD, Medical Student, Miller School of Medicine
When it comes to healthy vegetables, kale may be among the best. Packing a powerful punch of antioxidants, nutrients and excellent digestive support, its role in optimal wellness is tough to dispute. For anyone still undecided, here are the top 4 reasons to make kale a part of your life.
- Kale is jam-packed with vitamins. Eating one cup of chopped kale gets you over 200% of your daily value of vitamin A, 134% of your daily value for vitamin C, and almost 700% of your daily value for vitamin K! In addition, kale contains important minerals like manganese, potassium and copper. Continue reading
From omelets to avocados, a Grain Brain lifestyle is filled with many different healthful, and delicious, breakfast options. One item that many individuals like to keep on the table though, is oatmeal. However, this study, from the New England Journal of Medicine, provides some evidence that suggests that might not be the best idea.
The last few decades have brought with them the news that we’re supposed to avoid adding saturated fats to our diets. Recent science though, tells another story.
The aforementioned study, from the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights the research that is paving the way for this breakthrough in our understanding of saturated fat and its relationship to heart health. In the above video I’ll break down the results of that study, so we can understand why it is that high levels of saturated fat intake have absolutely nothing to do with risk for coronary artery disease. Watch this video while enjoying a kale omelet, and you’ll be doing right by your heart, brain, and general health as well.