Got Kale? Kale, it’s what’s for dinner. What? You mean you’ve never heard of “Kale, the other white meat?” These outdated meat & dairy industry slogans that we’re used to hearing are quite quickly becoming a thing of the past. And as “Meatless Mondays” slowly creep into our everyday living realm one has to wonder what’s the deal with not eating it? Everyone eats meat, right? Well maybe not. According to the Harris Interactive Study, over 7.5 Million Americans reported that they don’t eat meat or dairy of any kind. This number is set to double by 2015, which means 15 Million (or 10%) of the U.S. Population will be meatless and subsequently 40% in 2019 & 80% 2050. Just the facts my friends. The facts.
Here’s a few very simple reasons one should incorporate more of this gorgeous, dark, leafy vegetable, aka Kale, into their diet:
- High in folate - Translation: It helps you regenerate new cells, which is a process your body does 24/7
- High in vitamin K - Normal speak: Helps with the regulation of blood clotting & circulation.
- High in Iron - Hence, the saying “Kale, the other beef”. This green leafy veg packs in more iron per calorie than red meat.
- High in Calcium - Kale actually has more calcium per calorie than milk and the body absorbs it better too!
- High in Fiber – The fiber related components in Kale will actually lower cholesterol.
- Lowers the risk of Cancer – Kale is has been studied to reduce the risk or certain cancers (bladder, breast, colon, ovary, prostate.
- It helps with elimination - a.k.a your poop. Yeah, chances are if you don’t eat a lot of greens you’ll start eliminating more often when you do. Just another benefit of incorporating the power of greens into your diet.
- It’s alkalinizing - a.k.a inflammation reducing which who couldn’t use some of that? Got some aches & pains? Tummy trouble? Headache? Reach for some kale, be it in your salad, juice, smoothie or entree. Your body will thank you in the end.
- Sustainability - It takes approximates 2 months to harvest kale in comparison to the 2 years it takes to raise a cow for slaughter. Not to mention the fossil fuel, water, and grain that is saved in the process.
- It makes you popular. Well not really. But we like to think that you’re stepping well out of your box when trying something new!
Don’t be afraid. Jump in, do the research. As we grow we’ll have more resources here for you to peruse & come to your own conclusions about the plant-friendly lifestyle.
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Trying to adopt a more “kale” friendly diet? What are your questions? Leave a comment, let us know how you’re doing with the lifestyle, whether you’re just getting started or you’re in the middle of a water fast, we want to hear from you!