Superfood in Season - kale


Hey Popeye, forget spinach, kale has more oomph.
Here are just some of the benefits of including kale in your diet.

  • Kale is rich in folic acid which reduces homocysteine.  High homocysteine is a risk for heart disease and stroke.  Also if you have low levels of foleate in your blood, your may develop anaemia.
  • Kale is a source of iron.  This is especially important for vegans who do not have animal sources of iron.  It is best absorbed if eaten with a source of vitamin C.
  • Kale provides antioxidants such as vitamins A and C along with carotenoids and flavonoids which slow aging and reduce the risk of cancer.  
  • Kale is a source of vitamin K which is important for bone health and blood clotting.
  • Kale is a source of calcium, which is again important for vegans.
  • Kale provides lutein and zeaxanthin which promote eye health (see 'Love your eyes' coming next week).



Here is a simple way to enjoy kale.
Saute with a little oil, and chopped almonds.  Serve as a side.
Also in season for you to enjoy
Apples
Aubergine
Beetroot
Cabbage
Celeriac
Figs
Pears 
Plums
Sweetcorn
Squash

Fruit and vegetables always taste better in season so make the most of them.
Janet x

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