For years, kale has been named as one of the healthiest foods you can put in your body sparking a boom in the kale industry. From kale soup to casseroles and even kale chips and as a pizza topping, this cruciferous vegetable is popping up everywhere.
Kale has even been at the bud of many jokes including on a stand up comedy routine by famed comedian, Jim Gaffigan. “”Can we stop with the kale propaganda?” he said. “That stuff tastes like bug spray. … Kale is a superfood and it’s special power is tasting bad.”
Well, friends. All jokes aside, Kale is a superfood, can be prepared in ways to make it taste quite good, and you can eat it every single day if you choose to. And in case you’re wondering what will happen if you choose to succumb yourself to the “kale propaganda,” here is a list of some of those things.
1. It may reduce your risk of heart disease
Kale contains large amounts of dietary fiber and polyphenolics. Dietary fiber has been found to bind bile acids that aid in digestion and absorption of lipids in the small intestine, and regulate cholesterol.Due to this cholesterol levels are decreased, thus having the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease.
But don’t think that you need to eat the plant raw to reap the benefits. One study found that drinking kale juice every day for 12 weeks increased HDL (good) cholesterol by 27 percent and decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 10 percent. Another study concluded that steaming kale significantly increases the bile acid binding effect.