I’ll admit that I went through the majority of my life having never tried kale. So when I heard Joe Rogan on his podcast talking about how he eats it everyday, I had to do a little investigating of my own to see what was so special about kale. Turns out it’s one of the most nutritious vegetables there is, packing an incredible amount of vitamins and nutrients into its thick green leaves.
When most people start dieting the things they look out for are fat and calories. Kale has zero fat and less than 40 calories for an entire cup, and provides you with five grams of fiber to help keep your digestive system moving along. Per calorie, kale also has more iron than beef, which is an integral component to a healthy body and mind, as iron aids in liver function and the transportation of oxygen throughout our bodies.
Sure, kale is starting to sound a lot better than beef if you’re concerned with iron, but what about calcium? Compared to milk, kale has more of that per calorie as well. Not to mention it’s packed with vitamin A (great for your vision and skin), vitamin C (for fighting off illness, boosting your metabolism, and keeping you hydrated), and vitamin K (fights cancer, blood clotting, and promotes bone strength).
Kale is also packed with antioxidants and is great for detoxifying your body. Its abundance of beta carotene makes kale the ideal choice for those with a distaste for carrots but still desire the cancer and heart disease-fighting benefits that beta carotene offers.