Super Food Sunday: Super Cruciferous, Kale!

If ever there was a SUPER super food, Kale is it!

What is it?
Incredibly healthy, Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it shares “bloodlines” with other super-veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and bok choy.  If there is a “power family” in the vegetable world, the cruciferous clan is it. And in that family, my friends, Kale is the “Don.”

Why show Kale some serious respect?
Kale is a health food powerhouse. It’s known to have the largest amount of antioxidants among all other fruits or vegetables. With only 36 calories per cup (boiled,) Kale is also a great, low-calorie source of fiber, calcium and iron.  In fact, per calorie, Kale has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10 x more vitamin C than spinach.  In addition, Kale is chock full of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Potassium and Lutein. The “super-ness” of Kale doesn’t end there. Kale is loaded with carotenoids, flavonoids and isothiocyanates, all of which have been found to decrease cancer risk.

I don’t know about you, but a single vegetable that decreases cancer risk, lowers oxidative stress (antioxidants,) keeps my eyes healthy (vitamin A & lutein,) strengthens my bones (calcium) and helps me build muscle (potassium) is one I want in my diet.

An offer you can’t refuse!
Pay Don Kale its proper respect and eat it already! Here’s a great way to start: 52 ways to eat Kale (one for every week of the year.)

Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer
Koko FitClub

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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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