If you’ve been hanging out in some health and wellness circles or perusing the health-focused part of the Internet then you might have heard a thing or two about kale. You might not know what kale tastes like, or even what it looks like, but you can see evidence of its popularity everywhere. It’s basically the latest health craze and it’s evident. Why is it so popular, though? Is it really worth all the hype? These are great questions to ask yourself because, after all, it’s confusing to see a leafy green garnish touted as the saving grace of the health food world.
The Nutritional Value
First off, kale is a green that lowers cholesterol and everyone can appreciate that. High cholesterol is a growing problem that a lot of people don’t really know how to fix. It’s also an antioxidant, touted as a cancer preventative, and has a lot of vitamins that are essential to daily living. It’s chalk full of minerals like iron, copper, and potassium. Some studies show that it can also be helpful for insulin levels which is good news for diabetics. Kale is also known to help with kidney stones, prevents heart disease, helps with constipation, and contains nutrients that help with your skin and hair health.
Taste for the Ages
The big question is how exactly does kale taste? Well, first of all, kale is usually used as a garnish on foods so it’s not something people often thought to eat prior to the last few years. And regardless of how it tastes it’s a veggie that you can eat like most leafy greens which means you can bring on the cheese, butter, and gravy. This might diminish the health value but it sure is delicious. In describing kale by itself you should think about its relatives cabbage and cauliflower but it has an elevated earthy taste.
All Kinds of Options
One of the great things about kale is that it can be added and morphed into a variety of foods and dishes. If you haven’t thought about eating kale by itself then you can get it in other forms. Two of the most popular and well known forms are kale chips and kale juice. Kale chips are baked kale leaves that are easily edible and are usually flavored. Kale juice is a green and frothy liquid that offers all the minerals and vitamins of kale in a liquid form that you can drink on the go.
The Final Verdict
So is kale really the great food that people make it out to be? It really depends on what you like to eat yourself and how you weigh taste over health. If you love to eat food that tastes good then you might want to pass it up. If you appreciate that taste then dive right in. If you’re into health foods and are willing to sacrifice taste for your body then go for it. If you aren’t into chomping into a garnish like a cow might then you can always try a kale chip.